The wrapping was torn off two new animatronic dinosaurs at The Center for Science Teaching & Learning in Rockville Centre on Friday, unveiling a giant animatronic anklyosaur and an enormous stegosaur that will be part of the new “Dinosaurs! Animal Adventure” exhibit set to open in spring 2019.
“They’re going to move; their heads will move, their legs will move,” says Ray Ann Havasy, center director. But never fear — “they’re not going to walk around,” Havasy jokes. And even if they did, they’re both vegetarians, Havasy adds.
The “Dinosaurs!” exhibit will have more than 25 dinosaurs in all, both big and small, many of which the center previously had in storage awaiting the new building in which to display them. The others will either be skeletal or fleshed out, but they won’t move, Havasy says.
The duo of dinos unveiled Friday were made in China, shipped by boat to the United States and delivered by truck from New Jersey on Friday morning, Havasy says. They cost about $20,000 each, she says.
The exhibit will use the dinosaurs to teach children how animals adapt to their environments, highlighting the dinosaurs’ development of spikes and plates to protect them from predators, Havasy says.
An accompanying outdoor exhibit of live animals is also in the works to teach about their adaptations, though what animals will be included is still “up for discussion,” says Matthew Spohrer, exhibit manager.
The fee to enter the “Dinosaurs!” exhibit, which is on the grounds of The Center for Science Teaching & Learning at Tanglewood Preserve center at 1450 Tanglewood Rd., has not yet determined, Havasy says. For more information, call 516-764-0045 or visit cstl.org.