Dozens of life-size dinosaurs which roar and have realistic skin have arrived at a safari park to form a new permanent exhibition.

More than 20 models, including velociraptors, a diplodocus and a T-Rex with a “terrifying roar”, will be installed in a 1,000 square metre area of woodland at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

The permanent attraction has been created to mark the safari park’s 50th anniversary.

The dinosaurs – which are controlled with infrared sensors and have a range of noises and movements including blinking eyes, stomach breathing and body and head movements – have been specially made for the safari park.

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A dinosaur leg is carried into the park before going on display for a new exhibition
Dinosaur models arrive at the park for the new exhibition, World of Dinosaurs
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Dinosaur models arrive at the park for the new exhibition, World of Dinosaurs

They are constructed with steel frame and have realistic silicone skin.

Park manager Gary Gilmour said the detail in the new dinosaur models is “incredible”.

He continued: “They’re so life-like and we cannot wait to unveil them to visitors.

“The largest dinosaur is a 21-metre diplodocus, but the wow factor is the iconic T-Rex with its terrifying roar.

“The new exhibit brings to life these fearsome predators and giant herbivores and offers dino fans of all ages the opportunity to come face-to-face with their favourites.”

Visitors will enter the new attraction through giant Jurassic Park-style gates.

The dinosaurs have been specially made for Blair Drummond Safari Park
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The dinosaurs have been specially made for Blair Drummond Safari Park
Gary Gilmour from Blair Drummond Safari Park unwraps and checks an Allosaurus at the safari park
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An Allosaurus is unwrapped and checked at the safari park

World of Dinosaurs is part of a £1m upgrade to the park which has also included the installation of new barbecue areas, and a indoor picnic and venue space.

The new renovations also feature covered viewing platforms and a “state-of-the-art” water filtration system for the sea lion habitat.

Entry to the dinosaur area is included in the price of admission to the safari park and is free for members.

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