Zoo in search for dinosaur experts
Twycross Zoo is looking to recruit two dinosaur "professors" who know their Tyrannosaurus Rex from their Brachiosaurus to front its latest attraction.
Bosses want to hear from experts who are willing to care for the prehistoric inhabitants of a new enclosure.
The animals will be electronically-animated but the ideal applicants will be able to bring the exhibition to life, telling visitors all they need to know about the creatures.
Robert Bracken, chief operating officer, said: "We're recruiting dinosaur experts for our new Dinosaur Valley.
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"We have openings for two dinosaur professors, both of whom will have the enviable and challenging task of caring for 15 ferocious life-like dinosaurs, but most importantly deliver an engaging theatrical performance that will take visitors back 65 million years to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth."
The recruits will play the parts of scientists who have grown 15 dinosaurs from the DNA of mosquitoes on an off-shore lab and have brought them to the zoo.
The role is open to anyone who has enthusiasm and dinosaur knowledge.
Rob said: "Putting together the job specification was an entirely different process.
"It's not every day we recruit for dinosaur professors. We had to consider the skills and requirements very carefully.''
Dinosaur Valley is being built at the zoo and is under wraps until March 28.
A zoo spokeswoman said she hoped the exhibit would appeal to children's fascination with dinosaurs. "I think almost everyone grew up fascinated by dinosaurs," she said.
"Children find them fascinating. In the zoo we have lots of endangered species – particularly our primate collection – and Dinosaur Valley will give us the chance to educate the public about extinction.
"We can show them 15 species that are extinct and show how important it is to protect endangered species.
"It also provides an opportunity to educate visitors about evolution."
Applicants for the roles will be invited to showcase their skills in front of a panel made up of zoo staff and theatre professionals, who might also quiz them on their knowledge. Apply before Friday by visiting: