THE LAST LIVING DINOSAUR KEY MESSAGES
1. The Last Living Dinosaur
With school holidays upon us now is a great time to start planning a trip to Sydney to see The Last Living Dinosaur at Sydney Wildlife World in Darling Harbour, plus all the other fantastic attractions that Sydney has to offer.
If you need accommodation for your stay then Metro Hotels has two apartment properties ideally located directly opposite Sydney Wildlife World and Darling Harbour.
Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour and Metro Apartments on King offer ideal family accommodation right in the heart of the city and close to all major attractions.
To book your accommodation contact Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour and Metro Apartments on King directly.
For more information on seeing Rex and all the other animals at Sydney Wildlife World contact them directly on 02 8251 7884.
2. You can’t miss it
- There is something lurking in the water at Darling Harbour… one of the world’s largest crocodiles is making his way to Sydney Wildlife World
- Be among the first to see The Last Living Dinosaur exhibit featuring a monster croc, when he takes up residence at Sydney Wildlife World this summer. But don’t get too close…crocodiles eat more people per year than any other predator in the world!
- Weighing more than a small car and measuring just under 5 metres, it’s one of the world’s biggest crocodiles. Visit this monster croc and be fascinated by a living dinosaur at Sydney Wildlife World’s unique multi-layer exhibit.
- Experience a piece of Northern Territory when you journey through the authentic Kakadu setting that this apex predator will share with fish, birds and bush from the Northern Territory – all just a stones-throw from Sydney’s CBD in Darling Harbour.
- Today’s crocodiles remain almost unchanged from the ancient Deinosuchus that roamed the earth 200 million years ago. Deinosuchus translates to “terrible crocodile” and was thought to be capable of killing and eating large dinosaurs. A life-size replica of the “terrible crocodile” will feature in the new interactive zone at Sydney Wildlife World.
- Sydney Wildlife World features the largest collection of native Aussie animals and plants under one roof, with over 130 different species. Don’t miss the must-see attraction at Sydney Wildlife World this summer.
WHAT: Monster croc at Sydney Wildlife World’s NEW The Last Living Dinosaur exhibit
WHERE: Sydney Wildlife World, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
WHEN: The exhibit will open to the public on Tuesday December 22, Sydney Wildlife World is open from 9.00am – 6.00pm everyday of the year (last ticket sales at 5pm)
HOW MUCH: Adult $31.95, Child $17.95, Concession $22.50, 1 Adult & 2 Children $58.00 and 2 Adults & 2 Children $85.00
VISIT: myfun.com.au or call 133 FUN for more information
WOW Croc facts
- They have remained almost unchanged in appearance for over 200 million years
- Crocs are real man-eaters. They eat people because they can. It is the number one predator. They’re at the top of the food chain wherever they’re found.
- Jaws close three times faster than our eyes can see
- The jaws can exert a pressure of 3,000 lbs/square inch (the pressure from a single tooth would be like an elephant wearing stilettos stepping on your toe)
- Crocodiles can swim at speeds of over 15km/hr – almost twice as fast as the world record for a human swimmer (8.5km/hr)
- crocodiles eat more people per year than any other predator on earth
- For 100 million years Deinosuchus or ‘terrible crocodile’ coexisted with the dinosaurs and was the true Super Croc. At 12m (40ft) and 6 tons ‘Deino’ was one of the largest crocodilians to have lived. Crocodiles are the last true ruling reptile, not only surviving but at the top of the food chain wherever they are found, they’re the last living cousin of the dinosaur
- or: 100 million years ago, there was a giant crocodilian called Deinosuchus (which means ‘terrible crocodile’). At 12 metres in length and a weight of 6 tons it was one of the largest crocodilans ever. It even ate dinosaurs. The only real difference between Deinosuchus and modern crocodilians was size.
- Of the 23 crocodile species in the world, the Australian saltwater crocodile is the largest
- The difference in size between a baby crocodile and an adult is greater than in any other four-legged animal. A male can increase in weight by over four orders of magnitude from hatching to full adult size. In human terms, this would be like an average 3.5kg newborn baby reaching an adult weight similar to that of a humpback whale (35,000kg, or 35 metric tonnes). An adult male crocodile may be 20 times the length it was at hatching, which is the equivalent of a 50 cm average human baby reaching and adult height of 3 storeys (10 metres).
- Although cold blooded and covered in scales, they are more closely related to birds than to other living reptiles
- Crocodiles can stay underwater for hours by dropping their heart rate to 2-3 beats per minute
- STALK. AMBUSH. DESTROY: Saltwater crocodiles prefer to take prey from the water’s edge. These patient predators will float for hours on end, eyes focused on the bank, waiting for a thirsty animal to approach for a drink. When a victim is spotted, the crocodile drops below the surface, inches forward to within striking range, then launches out of the water with a violent, bone-crushing attack. Hapless animals that don’t get out of the way are dragged beneath the water’s surface and drowned
- When a crocodile attacks particularly large animal, like a water buffalo, the effort may exhaust it, leaving it no energy left to pull its prey apart into bite sized pieces. The crocodile will usually float around with its prey until it gets its energy back, sometimes for a few days, leading to the idea that crocodiles don’t like fresh meat and always wait for their prey to rot before eating it.
- When crocodiles dive the nostrils and ears close to keep water out and a membrane slides over the eyes, like a pair of goggles!
- An Open Invitation: Dozing with its mouth open helps the crocodile cool off. Often, birds gather and pick off bugs and other leftovers from the croc’s teeth and skin
- The jaws are extremely powerful and a large crocodile can crush the head of a pig with a single bite (NOTE: its so powerful that it can crush an animal’s bones, however the muscles that open the jaws are so much weaker that they can be held shut with two hands)
- a crocodiles back is covered in bones (called osteoderms) and can deflect arrows and spears . Not only do they protect the crocodile, but they act like solar panels and help the crocodile to heat up with the sun!
- Crocodiles swallow large stones that remain in the stomachs. Although it has been hypothesized/guessed that this may help in digestion or even buoyancy, the real reason behind this remains a mystery.
- Adult crocodilians can live for over a year without food
- A crocodilian never stops growing
- Crocodilians can’t chew their food, so they swallow it whole or twist off pieces with the famous death roll!
- When a crocodillan tooth wears out, a new one grows in its place. One animal may go through 3,000 teeth in its life!
- Crocodilian babies “talk” to each other while they’re still in their eggshells! (They grunt while still in their eggs so their mother will dig them out of the nest)
- A crocodile can’t stick its tongue out (because it’s attached to the floor of it’s mouth)
STORIES / MYTHS
- A person once woke up, after being attacked by a crocodile, wedged in between a log and the bank (where the crocodile keeps dead prey to eat at leisure if it’s too exhausted to devour it directly after the hunt)
- Crocodiles do produce tears to keep their eyes moist while they are on land, but they don’t cry.
- In April 2007, an inadequately sedated saltwater crocodile at a Taiwanese zoo bit a veterinarian’s forearm off. After seven hours of surgery, the appendage was successfully reattached
OTHER ANIMAL FACTS
- They are excellent mothers and look after their eggs and young
- For 180 million years, the world was dominated by giant reptiles – the Age of Reptiles. Then a global catastrophe killed off all of the true dinosaurs. Reptiles had their day… or did they?
- or Crocodiles are the only great reptile survivor of the age of dinosaurs
- or Crocodiles are the only giant reptile to have survived the age of dinosaurs
- When surprised or lunging out of the water to catch prey, a crocodile can move alarmingly fast. Speeds of around 18 kilometres per hour can be reached over short distances
- Made for Water: They are powerful swimmers, expertly adapted to life in the water, where they do almost all of their hunting. Their eyes and nostrils are located on top of their head, which allows them to see and hear prey while partially submerged
- All crocodilians have at least 60-80 strong teeth, with long ones at the front for grabbing prey and blunt ones at the back for crushing
- Crocodilian babies are called hatchlings, baby crocodiles are also called crocklets
- Crocodilians have good eyesight
THE LAST LIVING DINOSAUR EXHIBIT
- 4.8 m single male saltwater crocodile (one of only a handful of living crocs this size)
- Super Croc weights approximately 700kgs
- Acquisition from Darwin Crocodile farm
- 4.8m male crocodile that can be seen swimming, feeding, underwater, on land – wherever it is in the exhibit it will be seen
- Kakadu Canyon habitat experience – the escarpment, the ‘wet’, the plants, the heat, the birds, the fish – the crocs
- Crocodile entertainment area – (we should probably leave out the jumping/feeding references until it is actually feeding, which may take a few months after it arrives)
- Internal decking for entertainment and immersion
- Crocodile interpretive area including life size model of prehistoric crocodilian Deinosuchus and interactive displays
- Croc viewing under and above water
- Life support water systems that provide highest quality and visibility
- Constant warm temperature allowing active croc throughout the year
- Mixed species of fish and birds – colorful and in large numbers