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Dinosaurs invade Memphis Zoo

There's a fascinating new exhibit at the Memphis Zoo and if you think the elephants are big, wait until you see the creatures that just moved in. There's a fascinating new exhibit at the Memphis Zoo and if you think the elephants are big, wait until you see the creatures that just moved in.

(WMC-TV) – There's a fascinating new exhibit at the Memphis Zoo and if you think the elephants are big, wait until you see the creatures that just moved in.

Move in day at the Memphis Zoo was a big day in more ways than one for crews unloading some of the largest creatures know to man.

"So this is the carnotaurus, or the meat eating bull," said Robby Gilbert, of Billings Productions.

Standing next to the carnotaurus, the parasaurolophus and the styracosaurus.

Gilbert is the prehistoric advisor for the new exhibit and his Texas-based company has put together dinosaur exhibits at zoos around the country.

They're called animatronic dinosaurs because the life-sized creatures make pre-historic sounds and move around.

"These animals, actually they are hydraulic," said Abby Dane, of the Memphis Zoo. "So they have different movements. There's one that even spits."

Believe it or not, these huge creatures are actually made out of thick rubber and zoo officials say the dinosaurs are there for more than just entertainment. There's an educational component too.

The exhibit features name plates that tell you important information about the creatures and officials are also putting dinosaur facts on the zoo's website.

The new dinosaur exhibit opens March 10.

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