With the release of the latest episode of the Jurassic Park saga, Jurassic World, our dreams of ever seeing dinosaurs in flesh and bone (or feathers) could come true. In spite of everything, carrying out this project would be no easy task, not only because of the difficulty to bring back an extinct species to life from bones but also because of the financial cost of such a gigantic project.
I invite you to watch this video which clearly and rapidly details the theoretical price of the construction of a genuine “Jurassic Park”:
The most astronomical cost would come from the purchase of the two islands from the movie, which are located off the coast of Costa Rica:
Isla Nublar, the island on which the dinosaurs live:
Isla Sorna, the island on which the dinosaurs are bred:
The total cost for these two islands that have a total surface area of 170 km2 and are located off coast of Costa Rica would amount to approximately $10,000,000,000, without counting the facilities to clone and breed the dinosaurs and all the security measures to be taken to avoid the catastrophic scenarios displayed in the movies.
Besides the buildings, we have to add scientists, paleontologists, animal experts, engineers and enough lawyers to prevent all legal risks linked to accidents that are very likely to happen.
In addition, means of transport have to be planned to get around two islands of this surface area, along with the food for dinosaurs.
As a conclusion, the total cost to create such a park would add up to $23,432,400,000, not to mention the annual maintenance costs of $11,907,000,000!
Even though this dream seems more and more feasible, when we realise how much such a project would cost, we immediately doubt that a billionaire who is a fan of dinosaurs will believe in this project to the point of funding it.