Longleat releases predators at Easter

Visitors will come face-to-face with some of the planet’s greatest predators in a new animatronics feature which opens at Longleat on March 24.

The animatronic technology in the Predators attraction means visitors can experience close encounters with creatures ranging from a life-sized great white shark to a giant Venus flytrap.

Designers have created 14 scenes with moving models, including a deep sea anglerfish, a dive-bombing harpy eagle with a seven-metre wingspan, a polar bear, a giant 12-metre-long saltwater crocodile (pictured), a Komodo dragon and a three-metre-tall spitting cobra.

One of the scenes features a lion looking down from a rock, ready to steal a zebra carcass from a pack of hyenas.

Another portrays a giant red-backed shrike, also known as the butcher bird, sitting on a thorn bush with its victims – a lizard, ladybird, beetle and a grasshopper – impaled on spikes.

Alongside modern carnivores, the attraction features prehistoric predators with a sabre tooth cat and a 10-metre-long Baryonyx dinosaur brought back to life.

A Longleat spokesman said: “The aim of the new feature is to make each of the predators as authentic and interactive as possible.

“Our team of designers and model-makers have paid particular attention to the animals’ eyes, skin, fur, feathers and scales.

“Although some of the models are significantly larger than life we still wanted them to look as realistic as possible and the sheer scale of the designs reveals their true predator power.”

Predators runs from March 24 to September 3 at the attraction in Wiltshire.