by Andrew Crisp
As part of Zoo Boise's big plans for new displays and renovations chronicled by Boise Weekly earlier this month, officials are asking City Council members to approve a contract for an animatronic dinosaur exhibit to take place at the zoo later this year.
Schaumburg, Ill., company Dinomotion, a subsidiary of Tradex Services International Corp., is listed on a purchasing recommendation that goes before the Boise City Council during Tuesday's meeting.
"We are best known for our Dinosaurs. Dinomotion has created life-size robotic dinosaurs for clients worldwide; we have done work from the USA all the way to the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia," according to information on Dinomotion's website.
Boise Parks and Recreation solicited proposals for an animated dinosaur exhibit, not to exceed $105,000, for a period of three months, according to the document.
The dinos are just a portion of plans crafted by Zoo Boise slated for the next few years, including a balloonfest to visit the zoo in 2013, 2014 and 2015, expansion and creation of the Gorongosa National Park exhibit, and the installation of a "sprayground" water feature.