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Dinosaurs Now Lurk In South Coast Hills; Museum Creates Its Own Animatronic Jurassic Park

It’s a beautiful, hilly forested area behind the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, where people like to stroll. But, this summer, you may encounter some ominous looking creatures there. The museum has transformed its scenic backyard creek area into its own version of Jurassic Park, with five clusters of moving -- even growling -- animatronic dinosaurs.

There’s always been a lot of interest about dinosaurs. But, researchers say the field is booming right now, with new finds and information happening at a breathtaking basis.

The new animatronic dinosaur exhibition includes some of the latest information about dinosaurs. The displays include updated information like the noises some of them might have made millions of years ago.

The museum’s Prehistoric Forest is officially set to open May 25th, but visitors to the museum all this week can get a sneak preview. The dinosaurs will lurk in the hills behind the mission through September 2nd.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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