PLANO, Texas – Nov. 13, 2012 – Cirro Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, is helping dinosaurs roam North Texas again at the Heard Natural Science Museum. Through Feb. 3, 2013, Cirro Energy will power Dinosaurs Live!, where visitors can see a 46-foot T-Rex and eight new life-size animatronic dinosaurs throughout the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails in McKinney, Texas.
“The Heard Museum’s animatronic dinosaurs give families and friends a fantastic, fun, educational activity to enjoy together,” said Cindi Wakefield, spokesperson for Cirro Energy. “By powering this important exhibit, we can educate the public on an amazing period in Texas’ natural history while showing them that the days of limited choices for electricity providers are as extinct as the dinos that roamed the area.”
As part of the “Powered by Cirro Energy” exhibit, dinosaurs are situated along a half-mile nature trail including life-size animatronic dinosaurs and baby dinosaurs that kids can play on. Signs along the path give visitors the opportunity to learn interesting dinosaur facts as they see them move and hear them. The dinosaur trail is jogging and stroller friendly.
“The public can check out both herbivores and carnivores, including my favorite, the nearly 50 foot infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex,” explained Wakefield. “The beasts really come to life as they move and roar. It’s an amazing experience that stimulates the imagination and makes you feel like a kid again.”
The exhibit includes an Acrocanthosaurus, Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Carnotaurus, Coelophysisa, a Dilophosaurus that “spits” water, an Edmontonia, Ornithomimuys, Parasaurolophus and two baby dinosaurs. As part of the program, Cirro Energy will be integrated throughout the exhibit and Amphitheater.
The museum’s indoor exhibit, Prehistoric Texas takes visitors through time periods starting from when life began and moving through early sea life, the forests of the carboniferous and up through the wild dinosaurs and sea monsters of the Cretaceous. Focusing on the Texas Cretaceous period, the exhibit illustrates the diversity of fossils found in Texas and explains why there was mostly aquatic prehistoric life in this area and few actual dinosaurs. The exhibit features a T-Rex skull and two Triceratops family dinosaur skulls, shark teeth and other fossils and collections.
Kids can also walk through a Tylosaur cave and practice their skills in the kid’s activity room where they can learn about the fossilization process and dig for fossils in the Cirro Energy Dino Dig. The walls have a colorful mural of pre-historic dinosaurs and creatures painted by artists, Oksana Marchenko and Jane Burrell.
No matter what your family’s interests, the Heard Museum has something for everyone including the BUGS, Dinosaurs Live!, and Animals of the World exhibits. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the native plant garden and a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary with seven nature trails. Visit the Heard Museum for fun, education and nature exploration at www.heardmuseum.org.
About Cirro Energy
Cirro Energy brings a smarter approach to retail electricity service. A subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, Cirro Energy delivers superior customer service and savings to residential and business customers in Texas. From competitively priced plans for electricity to Smart Shop energy efficiency products, Cirro Energy empowers consumers to make smart choices that save them money. For more information on Cirro Energy, visit www.cirroenergy.com. Media can contact Scott Black of TPRM at (214) 520-3430 ext. 303. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at www.dom.com.