Sam’s field notes: Apatosaurus

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Now that’s a HUMUNGOUS dinosaur! This is Sam, and I’m standing at a dinosaur that’s so big that it looks even bigger than my school bus!

It’s called Apatosaurus and it is called a sauropod or long-necked dinosaur. One of the educators told me that sauropod means ‘lizard foot,’ and I thought that’s a weird name – it’s feet don’t look like any of the lizards at the zoo.

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Sam’s field notes: Tyrannosaurus rex

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Hello there! Sam here to tell you all about one of my favorite dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex!

When I walked up to it I couldn’t believe how huge she is. I was staring at how big her legs were around, and I think that T-rex would have a hard time playing hide and seek. She probably wouldn’t be very good at tag either with her little arms….. I’d still play with her though, as long as she promised not to bite.

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Meet Sam!

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Hi there! My name is Sam and the Calgary Zoo has asked me to talk about the dinosaurs here at the Prehistoric Park.

Why you ask? Because I’m the biggest dinosaur fan ever!!! Just check out my super cool button – that’s a Triceratops on there by the way. Triceratops is pretty much the neatest dinosaur ever……. well except for Tyrannosaurus rex. Oh, and Stegosaurus! Can’t forget Corythosaurus either! I think all of the dinosaurs are all pretty awesome actually. I’m going to be a palaeontologist when I grow up, or maybe a Velociraptor……

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Who’s Who at the Zoo: meet Dinosaur Interpreter Janina Kowalski

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Meet Janina, the zoo’s new Dinosaur Interpreter in the Education department. While you’re visiting the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit you might run into her- make sure to ask her some cool dino facts! We get to know Janina in our “Who’s who at the zoo” blog series.

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Are you ready for Dinosaurs Alive?

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Travel back to a time when triceratops and iguanodons roamed the earth! This March, the Calgary Zoo is proud to bring back Dinosaurs Alive, an animatronic dinosaur exhibit that will allow you to experience what Alberta might have looked like when dinosaurs reigned supreme. Member preview week is from March 11 to March 18, 2015, and then come March 19, the dinos are unleashed on the rest of our visitors!

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Your guide to flooding (and rebuilding) at the Calgary Zoo

As you know, the Calgary Zoo was badly damaged due to the devastating flooding that occurred in southern Alberta in June of 2013. We had to close our doors for close to six weeks to recover and after a lot of hard work, we were excited to partially re-open on July 31.

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