Australia’s answer to the T-Rex, the Australovenator, has taken up residence at the University of Wollongong’s Science Space.
This week, the Science Space at UOW’s Innovation Campus is hosting the ‘Dino Petting Zoo’.
Attendees can pat a baby ‘dinosaur’ and hear expert dino keeper talks twice daily.
The petting zoo is presented by Erth Visual, who are performing with their Australovenator puppet and ‘walking dinosaur’.
The presentations are part of the centre’s ‘Jurassic January’ series of events.
“The children love seeing the animals of their imagination come to life, and be a real thing in front of them,” one of the hosts of the Dino Petting Zoo, Miles Portek said.
“There are so many YouTube clips you can watch, but it’s not like when it’s in front of you.”
Among those in attendance on Tuesday was the Young family from Dapto.
Siblings Amy, 14; Caitlin, 13; and Ryan, six, enjoyed the show.
“Ryan is particularly interested in dinosaurs,” their father Matt said. “It looked like a fun show, and they’re learning something.”
The Australovenator is one of the largest carnivores found in the Australian fossil record.
It’s believed the Australovenator was a medium-sized predator, approximately 1.6 metres tall at the hips and five to six metres long from tip to tail. It’s also believed its long, muscular legs would have allowed it to run fast.
The ‘Dino Petting Zoo’ runs until this Friday.
For bookings, click here.