Dinotopia is a fictional utopia created by author and illustrator James Gurney. It is the setting for the book series with which it shares its name. Dinotopia is an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurus who have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society. The first book has “appeared in 18 languages in more than 30 countries and sold two million copies.”Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time and Dinotopia: The World Beneath both won Hugo awards for best original artwork.
Some people (and by “some people,” I mean exclusively my
mother) have been wondering, “Where on Earth
has he been?” Yes, yes. I have been working sixteen-hour shifts for the past…
Uh… Well, I’m not too sure how long it’s been, to be perfectly honest. When you’ve
got a zoo full of wonders, laughter, and horrors, you just kinda forget about
that funny thing called time.
For our long-distance guests (yes, YOU!), you’ll all be
happy to learn the park and her inhabitants been doing wonderfully – flourishing, even. It’s a little
strange, actually. Some days I wonder what’d happen if we just killed all the barriers
and let the animals roam amongst themselves… It’d be an expensive science
project, indeed. Even with our mile-long laundry list, I think our animals have
all pretty much fallen into the swing of things. They’re celebrities. And, like
every celebrity, all circumstantial events and planning revolves around them.
Satiated for the time being, I do believe it’s time to shed some light on what
we’ve been working so hard on planning and integrating:
Our spinosaurid enclosures – Deadly Shores – and the
Campanian Plains (hadrosaurs…hadrosaurs everywhere – and a random ceratopsid) are
ready to receive visitors this weekend!
Some may wonder – “Your first dinosaur was a Suchomimus. Why on Earth did it take so
long to put these things on display?” To which, I respond: “Ever try to make a Suchomimus and a Spinosaurus play nice?” The logistics of housing so many large theropods
(that are not a family unit) in such
close quarters had our engineers and behaviorists scratching their heads.
Original plans called for a loosely-partitioned wetland. Some in upper
management wanted full integration between all the spinosaurs. Back and forth,
back and forth. We’ve come to a lovely middle ground that I think you’ll all
As for the Campanian Plains, our experimental guest-to-animal
interaction technology has finally been greenlit by our behaviorists! Callboxes
on tall observation decks will allow our visitors to “talk” to the chatty Parasaurolophus!
Aren’t they handsome?
One of our biggest issues was sorting out the meaning behind
every para call we’ve cataloged for this project (can you imagine what’d happen if every honk in our callboxes caused a stampede?). For months, I’ve been sitting
with other ornithodira handlers watching candid footage of our parasaurs filmed
from drones, security cameras, and what have you to see which behaviors followed
each call. Many cups of coffee and greasy boxes of pizza were consumed.
Thank you so much for giving us such wonderful feedback and
comments! I heard we’ve broken the 500-follower mark.
And by that, I mean I was the one who had to tackle the
kulinda carrying the banner.