There are no live dinosaurs roaming the Auckland Domain
A recent article in an Auckland newspaper caused confusion among the throngs arriving at Auckland Museum for its Mystery in the Domain holiday event.
The article led some people to believe a live dinosaur had been captured and was being kept in the museum.
Since its publication, museum staff have been inundated with phone calls and complaints.
“The museum was inundated with calls from the public wanting to know why a museum is housing live animals and asking if it’s safe for the children to see,” said museum public relations manager Amanda Maclaren.
A ratepayers association contacted the museum to ask if it should issue an advisory to residents to keep pets inside at night and some who travelled from out of town to see the ‘live’ dinosaur are demanding a refund for expenses.
Miss Maclaren, who is baffled by the amount of confusion, says children’s excitement hasn’t been ruined.
“I’m concerned at the number of adults so willing to believe dinosaurs still walk the earth.”
The dinosaur — a dryosaur — is fully mobile and looks very life-like and is a treat for children.
The museum’s Dinosaurs Alive! shows run 11.30am, 12.30 and 2pm daily during the school holidays and on subsequent Saturdays.
Children wanting to experience a very realistic, but certainly not real dinosaur, can visit the museum of log on at www.aucklandmuseum.com for more information.