The star attraction of W.T. Bland Library’s impressive dinosaur exhibit last spring now has new permanent local digs. The true-to-scale replica of a velociraptor, which was based on the latest science and academic research, will now call Mount Dora’s public library its home.
The velociraptor mongoliensis is believed to have roamed the earth 75 to 71 million years ago during the latter part of the Cretaceous Period. It was a fast, relatively small, and carnivorous dinosaur that walked on two legs and reached 6 feet in length. Velociraptors were adept at leaping up to ten feet high and had two hand-like appendages armed with long curved claws.
The life-like dinosaur model at the library was created by Planet Earth Sculpture, a local company that has its work displayed in the Smithsonian Institution and natural history museums throughout the U.S.
The acquisition of the dinosaur was made possible by donations from residents and the Mount Dora Library Association. A team from the City’s Public Works Department designed and constructed its permanent display.
The library’s new velociraptor resident can be visited by the public during its hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1995 N. Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. Face coverings are required in public places within the City of Mount Dora which includes the library.
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