MOBOT Exhibits

Two May events at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis promise exciting viewing.


| April 30, 2010



Parasaurolophus (which means crested lizard) greets visitors at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Parasaurolophys (which means crested lizard) greets visitors at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden/Caroline Philippone

St. Louis – The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is marking the golden anniversary of one of its most popular attractions, the Climatron, by transporting visitors back in time to the golden age of dinosaurs. Feel the thrill of encountering a hulking Placerias, bird-like Bambiraptor or soaring Sordes in an unparalleled environment: hidden in the heart of a thriving tropical rain forest. Witness dozens of these realistic, pre-historic creatures when “DinoQuest: A Tropical Trek Through Time” debuts at the garden May 1.

Immerse yourself in traditional Chinese arts, music, culture and cuisine with Chinese Culture Days at the garden, Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16 from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

 

DinoQuest: A Tropical Trek Through Time

Since 1960, the Climatron has easily been one of the most recognizable features at the garden, noted as the first geodesic dome to be used as a plant conservatory. Inside, lush green foliage, cascading waterfalls and a warm, humid climate simulate an authentic jungle atmosphere.

“This exhibition provides a perfect introduction to the history of life on earth, extinction, and survival. How we manage our resources will have a major effect on the future of life, and there are many lessons to be learned from the past,” says Dr. Peter Raven, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. “In addition to the educational value, there is also a real sense of excitement in experiencing these lifelike creatures in such an awe-inspiring setting. We hope it will evoke wonder, imagination and intrigue in visitors of all ages.”

On the “trek through time,” visitors of all ages will experience life in a tropical forest long ago, today and tomorrow. A smooth pathway winds through the 24,000-square-foot Climatron conservatory, where more than a dozen installations depict dinosaurs and reptiles from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic and Permian periods “frozen in time” amid the living flora. Encounter hungry herbivores, including a pair of toothy Heterodontosaurus and an eight-foot-long,bulky-bodied Placerias. Spot a flock of bird-like Bambiraptors hovering beneath green cycads, keeping watch over nests brimming with eggs. Identify a large Dimetrodon by the finned “sail” along its spine, or the three-foot-long Rhamphorynchus by its fur-covered wings.





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