Zookeepers try their hand at dinosaur wrangling, pose as Jurassic World star

Chris Pratt in his Jurassic World pose that has become a hit with zookeepers around the world.
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Chris Pratt in his Jurassic World pose that has become a hit with zookeepers around the world.

Auckland zookeepers have joined colleagues across the globe in pretending to be movie stars, posing in mock Jurassic World scenes with their animals.

Copying a scene from the Hollywood blockbuster - the latest film in the Jurassic Park series - the zookeepers recreate a shot of film star Chris Pratt, as he tries to ward off three raptor dinosaurs.

Only they go for a slightly more eclectic selection of wildlife.

Auckland zookeepers recreated the film shot herding pigs in a pen and - bizarrely, considering the animals on offer at the zoo - some pigeons on a lawn. 

Using the hashtags #jurassiczoo and #jurassiczookeeper, there are dozens of the shots on Twitter and Instagram from zoos and animal parks around the world.

Some of the pictures include animals as diverse as rhinos, otters, ostriches, giraffes, penguins, tigers and kangaroos.

Jurassic World, the fourth film in the series, became the highest global opener of all time with a staggering US$511.8 million (NZ$730m) in its first days in theatres.

Universal Pictures and Legendary co-financed the US$150 million, PG-13 rated film.

Audiences from every demographic have been turning out and enjoying the film in theatres - according to exit polls, 39 per cent were under the age of 25, signifying the massive interest of both a new generation and the continued enthusiasm of those who saw Jurassic Park in 1993.

#raptorsquad @cameldiscovery #jurasiczookeeper keeper Kati #JurassicZooKeeper

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But it appears to be zoo folk who are having the most fun with the new film.

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Eyes on me, Pink! #jurassiczookeeper

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