Jurassic Quest came to the Savannah International Trade & Convention center on April. 6 to April. 8, 2018. Hundreds of visitors poured in to see America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event. Jurassic Quest covers the three eras of the Mesozoic era—Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic periods. Each dinosaur in the exhibit is as true to life as paleontologists could create thanks to recent discoveries.
There were over one hundred different dinosaur species on display at the weekend event featuring popular species such as the Edmontosaurus, Iguanodon, Oviraptor, Pteranodon as well as lesser-known species such as the Therizinosaurus, Yutyrannus, Shuvuuia, and many others. Jurassic Quest doesn’t just have dinosaurs on display however, they also offer various attractions and activities for families that come to the event. Children ages two to twelve are invited to ride a Tyrannosaurus Rex or Carnotaurus, put together a dinosaur craft, color a dinosaur coloring page, dust off some dinosaur fossils, or bounce their way through dinosaur-themed inflatable mazes.
A popular experience for all ages was the Baby Dino Petting Zoo. Adults and children gathered around an enclosed area where every other hour on the hour keepers would bring out several baby dinosaurs to meet and greet adoring fans. The babies interacted with any individual who expressed interest; three different infant dinosaur species interacted with guests at the event.
Another exciting, albeit possibly terrifying, experience ongoing was the walking dinosaurs. These rebellious dinosaurs broke through their enclosure to interact with guests, walk through the dinosaur display exhibit, “eat” hats off heads, receive pets, and peek over guests’ shoulders.
The most educational aspect of Jurassic Quest is the free exhibit tour offered for guests big and small. Friday’s tour guide Marty Hoffman dressed in Jurassic Quest adventurer gear led guests through several key dinosaur displays, sharing a variety of facts about the Guanlong, Dilophosaurus, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, Anchiornis, Giganotosaurus, and concluding the tour with the fourteen foot tall, fifty-four foot long Spinosaurus. One dinosaur in particular that Hoffman expounded on was the Dilophosaurus, a species made famous by the first Jurassic Park film as the dinosaur who displays his neck frills and spitting venom into an unsuspecting victim’s face. Hoffman debunked the dinosaur, explaining that there were no neck frills on any dinosaur species that have been discovered so far and that, more likely than not, the species did not have the ability to spray venom since its claws, toes, and teeth would have been protection enough.
While expounding on the Stegosaurus, known for its large backplates, Hoffman explained that although paleontologists originally considered the plates to be a protective strategy of the Stegosaurus, the most recent discovery was that the species most likely used them as a body temperature regulation modality as the plates were found to have blood vessels within them. No one would want to have bleeding armor, Hoffman explained.
To learn more about this exciting, prehistoric exhibit check out Jurassic Quest's website.