Safaris Inc. is a private corporation whose mission is to discover,
excavate, study, and preserve dinosaur bones and related artifacts.
The company is currently working on a private ranch in the Big Horn
Basin, Wyoming. In addition, the company has a small group of
buildings located in the town of Shell, Wyoming, which include a
preparation lab and storage facility. As President, I oversee
operations to maintain a high quality of scientific integrity as
well as a high level of fun, for persons interested in joining us
for a dinosaur dig adventure. To learn more about the company go to
the following links.
This is the web site for Dinosaur Safaris Inc. Here you will find
information about our company, photos of our dig site and dinosaur
bones, and information on how to join us on a dinosaur dig
site houses an explanation of Dinosaur Safaris Inc., who we are and
what we do.
the business was formed:
Fossils, especially dinosaurs, have always fascinated
the general public of all ages. The two company founders are no
exception. Bob Simon has been studying rocks, minerals and fossils
for over 30 years. He was fortunate, having been raised in Virginia,
to have close access to one of the world's premier natural history
museums, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. In 1973, Stanley
Klos became seriously interested in dinosaurs when he took Dr. White�s
Paleontology course at Idaho State University. He recognized the
need for a company such as DSI to fill a niche for individuals interested
in fossils and dinosaurs that are unable to visit a museum and/or
would like to experience the education, excitement, and the scientific
challenges of a dinosaur dig.
Illustration of Camarasaurus by Michael
Safaris Inc. is a private corporation whose mission is
to discover, excavate, study, and preserve dinosaur bones
and related artifacts. The company is currently working
on a private ranch in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming. In addition,
the company has a small group of buildings located in the town of
Shell, Wyoming, which include a preparation lab, storage facility
and living quarters for the Director of Field Operations.
Klos with a collection of various jacketed dinosaur fossils
Objectives and Activities To Date:
Dinosaur Safaris was created
to promote the understanding and interest in dinosaurs to the public,
especially educators and individuals who desire to experience first
hand, the activities and process of an actual dinosaur dig. Short
and long term goals for the company are as follows:
excavating and cataloging the current dig site.
mold and cast dinosaur bones that have been excavated.
and also donate casts to individuals or institutions.
our positive Shell business relationship throughout the Big Horn
venture sites with degreed paleontologists to broaden DSI knowledge
refine DSI methodologies and share DSI discoveries with the paleontology
up the dig site to serious laypersons who wish to participate
and observe a dinosaur
will include educators, vacationers and underprivileged children.
a museum and/or repository in Shell, Wyoming that would serve
as both educational/research facility and tourist attraction.
Expeditions - DSI contracts with small
groups to visit our dig site.
These groups are schooled in the proper techniques and
work closely with our personnel to properly and professionally
help us excavate the dinosaur bones. In fact, a number of institutions
(museums and schools) do this each summer (Museum of the Rockies,
Judith River Institute, Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Dinamation, Virginia
Museum of Natural History, to name but a few).
dig site tours are an integral educational aspect to promote the
earth sciences and specifically dinosaurs. Viewing casts of skeletons
at museums and TV documentaries are nice, but to really garner
interest in children and adults, a dig site experience cannot
be beat. Properly done, a hands-on dinosaur digging experience
can be fun and rewarding to both the visitors and the operators.
A fee is charged to cover the expenses incurred by the operators
such as vehicle maintenance and travel, food and beverages, dig
site tools and supplies and insurance.
Roger Rousu uncovers an Allosaurus
Sale of dinosaur bone casts: Many of the bones uncovered at our site are scientifically
this, most of our guests would like more than a picture of their
fine. DSI, therefore,
has adopted a casting process that allows our
guests to leave with a tangible memento of their experience.
Knight Allosaurus illustration appeared on the cover of the December
14, 1907 issue of Scientific American
The sale of actual dinosaur bones and bone fragments:
This is the major contentious point between academia and the private
fossil collectors/business operators (Dinosaur Safaris, Inc.).
Some believe that every fossil should be considered scientifically
significant and therefore, should never be available for private
fact is that every fossil is not scientifically significant. In
fact the majority are not.
paleontologists today specialize in certain species, area, or
in some cases, specific bones. Most paleontologists today are
not particularly interested in finding dinosaur bones unless they
are of a new species or are discovered in a new area or time period.
For example, one only needs to watch a recent documentary of expeditions
to the Gobi desert to see how this works. The paleontologists
bypass tens of protoceratops skeletons, searching for raptors,
mammals or other exotic dinosaurs. The bypassed skeletons are
left to the ravages of the weather with full knowledge they will
probably be destroyed in a year or so. The determination by these
degreed paleontologists has been made that these skeletons are
not scientifically significant, hence, not all dinosaur remains
are of value to science. The same scenario happens in the United
States also, and if interested, specifics can be provided.
at Dinosaur Safaris since day one have maintained that if we make
a scientifically significant find, we would search out the appropriate
Ph.D. paleontologist or accredited institution to advise us on
a proper course of action. We fully understand the importance
of such a finds. Our
site is a series of dinosaur bone beds of disarticulated animals
that apparently died and the bones were washed into low lands
during catastrophic flooding events. These bone beds contain a
variety of bones, some intact; others fragmented of various sauropod
and carnivorous dinosaurs. These remains are from dinosaurs that
have been intensely studied since the days of Marsh, Cope, Brown
and Osborn. There is currently minimal intensive study of these
types of dinosaurs today unless entire skeletons are found or
unless an unusual occurrence or assemblage is discovered.
Despite this we are focused on examining each fossil in
the event it may be significant.
Safaris believes that after such proper identification and documentation,
some of the actual bone material from our private land can be
made available for sale to the general public.