Denzel the Dinosaur makes history at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta is to get its first visit - from a dinosaur. ​But Denzel the dinosaur from Bristol Zoo Gardens will be keeping his prehistoric feet firmly on the ground when the balloons lift-off.

Life-like Denzel has been thrilling people across the West throughout the summer since he first walked across the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge to reach Bristol Zoo Gardens.

He will be at the world famous show between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoons near the launch field as the excitement builds towards the mass ascents.

Denzel will be easy to spot amongst the crowds because he is four metres long and stands more than six feet tall. He looks very similar to a T-Rex and has life-like blinking eyes, moving body parts and has a fearsome roar.

Paul Pritchard, marketing manager at Bristol Zoo, said: “Everyone loves Denzel and we are sure he will turn heads at the Balloon Fiesta.

“Come and see him and don’t forget to take a selfie with him. Then come to see his dinosaur friends at Bristol Zoo”

Denzel has already proved to be a huge hit with shoppers at Bristol’s Cabot Circus and at the Clifton Music Fest.

He has been touring around giving people a taste of Bristol Zoo’s amazing summer exhibition, Dinomania, which features 11 life-like animatronic dinosaurs.

They are at the Zoo all through the school holidays taking visitors on a journey that began 65 million years ago.

They include a Giganotosaurus – one of the largest dinosaurs that ever lived – and the feathery Utahraptor.

In addition to the dinosaurs, there is a ‘Dino Hub’ at the Zoo where children can take part in a fossil dig, meet dinosaur experts from The Bristol Dinosaur Project and get involved in a number of interactive dino-themed activities.

Entry to Dinomania is included with normal Zoo admission and for the whole of August kids-go-free at Bristol Zoo so only the grown-ups have to pay to enter.

For more information visit www.dinomania.org.uk or phone 0117 974 7300.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the support of its visitors to fund its animal conservation work in the zoo and with endangered species around the world, which help save wildlife from going the same way as the dinosaurs - extinct.


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