'Dino Dig' Sleuthing For Funsters
Budding junior paleontologists are enjoying getting down among the sand in the “Dino Dig” at Daintree Discovery Centre.
General Manager Brian Arnold said the centre’s latest attraction was aimed in part at keeping the kids entertained hunting for “fossils” while their parents relaxed and enjoyed a brew in the coffee shop.
“It’s a fun thing but with an educational component via our Jurassic Forest Dinosaur Display,” Mr Arnold said.
The Jurassic Forest exhibit features seven animated dinosaurs, some of which represent a special group that roamed parts of Queensland more than 65 million years ago. The models include a seven-metre long Ripper Lizard, a Giant Thunderbird and a dynamic Diprotodon.
“The rainforest north of the Daintree River which is home to the Daintree Discovery Centre is an ancient refuge and many plant species found at the centre are millions of years older than the dinosaurs – they are ‘green dinosaurs’, according to Sir David Attenborough,” he said.
“We examine the links between the rainforest and the role it plays in offsetting CO2 and the impact of climate change and how it affects the environment.
“We ask the question – did the dinosaurs disappear because of cataclysmic changes in the climate.”
The Daintree Discovery Centre was established in 1989 and is widely recognised as a leader in ecotourism, and in particular, environmental conservation.
The award-winning display showcases the oldest rainforest on the planet in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner, and works to preserve this fragile ecosystem through scientific research, revegetation programs and other carbon reduction initiatives.
Admission to Daintree Discovery Centre includes self-guided audio tours, access to the canopy tower and aerial walkways, various interpretive displays, a 68-page interpretive guidebook, and seven-day free re-entry to the children’s audio tour.
For more information on the Daintree Discovery Centre visit www.discoverthedaintree.com.
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