Dinosaur Safaris Inc.

 

Dinosaur 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.

http://www.dinosaursafaris.com/


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 adventure. 

This site houses an explanation of Dinosaur Safaris Inc., who we are and what we do.  

Why 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 Skrepnick

The Company:

 Dinosaur 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.  

 

 

Stan Klos with a collection of various jacketed dinosaur fossils

 

Company 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:

         Continue excavating and cataloging the current dig site.

        Prepare, mold and cast dinosaur bones that have been excavated.

        Market and also donate casts to individuals or institutions.

        Expand our positive Shell business relationship throughout the Big Horn Basin..

        Joint venture sites with degreed paleontologists to broaden DSI knowledge refine DSI methodologies and share DSI discoveries with the paleontology community.

        Open up the dig site to serious laypersons who wish to participate and observe  a dinosaur excavation.  Participants will include educators, vacationers and underprivileged children.

        Establish a museum and/or repository in Shell, Wyoming that would serve as both educational/research facility and tourist attraction.

 

 Dinosaur Safaris, Inc.   

         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).

The 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 vertebrae

        Sale of dinosaur bone casts: Many of the bones uncovered at our site are scientifically significant.  Despite 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.

 Allosaurus

This Charles 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 ownership.   The fact is that every fossil is not scientifically significant. In fact the majority are not.

 

Most 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.

 

We 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.

 

Dinosaur 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.  

  

Robert Simon, President

Dinosaur Safaris, Inc.

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