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Singapore brings dinosaurs back to life

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 ac/uw

Dinosaurs have been brought back to life in Singapore, as the city-state's latest attraction, Zoo-rassic Park, was unveiled in a bid to raise awareness about the threat of extinction facing animals today.

Primary school students attending a preview of the exhibit at Singapore Zoo got up close to lifelike animatronics of dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops, a EPA journalist reports.

The attraction, which will open to the public on November 26, aims to educate attendees about the importance of conservation.

"Dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the earth in the fifth extinction, and today, sadly, we are looking at a possible sixth extinction," May Lok, director of education at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said in a statement.

"Animal species are being wiped out at an unprecedented rate. We have lost 67 per cent of the world's biodiversity in the last 50 years."

Beyond the dinosaurs, guests are invited to find out more about real-life ancient animals, including the Alligator Snapping Turtle and Giant Salamander, at Singapore's River Safari wildlife park.

Events organised as part of the new attraction, which is set to remain open until March 2017, include a dinosaur "meet and greet", craft activities, fossil finding games and an augmented reality experience.

"Through Zoo-rassic Park, we hope to raise awareness on the issue, and rally our guests to do something to save the world's biodiversity before it is too late," said Lok.

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