An exhibition of life-sized robotic dinosaurs will be on show until September in a Havana park, from where the giant beasts from Caracas, donated to the island by the Venezuelan government, will begin an international tour.
The exhibition at Metropolitan Park, considered the "green lung" of Havana, has 34 robots representing such dinosaurs as Kritosaurus, Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex.
The show also includes a museum that traces the origins of life in the Precambrian, Paleozoic and Mesozoic Eras, while presenting theories on what caused these creatures to become extinct.
Metropolitan Park workers told Efe on Thursday that the exhibition was shipped to Cuba from Caracas, where it was first seen at Los Caobos Park in 2011, and will remain on the island until September, when it go tour to other countries.
Official Cuban media said Thursday that the arrival of the robotic dinosaurs is part of a "project of collaboration" between Cuba and Venezuela, while Venezuela's ambassador to Cuba, Edgardo Ramirez, described it as "a gift" from the South American country to its close ally.
Ramirez took part together with the first secretary of the ruling Communist Party in Havana, Mercedes Lopez, and other Cuban authorities at the official inauguration on Wednesday, which preceded the opening to the public this Thursday.
The organizers have stressed the ecological and didactic nature of the project and note that its main message is about preserving the planet.
Metropolitan Park covers an area of some 700 hectares (almost 3 square miles), which includes Havana's only urban woodland, officially described as a tropical forest with the category of Protected Natural Landscape.
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