Will there be fire-breathing dragons on Kentucky’s Ark? Yes. Yes there will be.

Right after Ark Encounter was announced in December of 2010 by Answers in Genesis and a proud Gov. Steve Beshear, I had a back and forth dialogue with Ark Encounter’s communications team based in Texas. Since Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis believes that dragons were real, and existed after “the flood,” I asked if there would be dragons on the ark. Their answer insisted that dragons were real (they were dinosaurs, living with humans, duh), but I never got a direct answer about if they were on board, or would be on Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky.

Well, according to a post on their website today… yes. Yes, there will not only be dragons on the ark, but fire-breathing dragons:

In 1841 British paleontologist Richard Owen coined the word dinosauria. Until that time, dinosaurs were simply called dragons, and stories of dragons abounded all over the world. They were prominent in the history of Great Britain and practically an obsession with the Chinese. In Ica, Peru, people painted stones with pictures of men riding dragons horseback-style! Even in the American West, men drew pictographs of dragons.

This fire breathing dragon began appearing on billboards around the USA to promote the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. The museum features a theater that presents dragon legends from around the world.

The fact that man and dragons lived together is hard to deny. You can also read articles on our website (AnswersInGenesis.org) presenting additional evidence that dragons were contemporaneous with humans.

The Bible tells us God created the land-dwelling animals on Day Six of Creation—aardvarks to zebras … and dragons/dinosaurs. We’re also told that when God brought Noah’s Flood upon the earth, all air-breathing land creatures except those inside Noah’s Ark died. Therefore, the dragons recorded down through history must have been descendants of dragons aboard Noah’s Ark.

But aren’t dragons huge? How could they fit inside the Ark?

Contrary to popular opinion, the average size was only about that of a sheep. It’s the huge ones, however, that we usually think of. But Noah didn’t have to take huge, full-grown adults. A hatching male and female Allosaurus would have fit handily in his two coat pockets.

To see just how large the Ark was, what it might have been like to live and work and play inside it, and what kinds of animals might have been aboard it, plan a visit to the Ark Encounter when it opens in northern Kentucky in a few years. Only when you enter our full-size replica of Noah’s Ark, beware. Hic sunt dracones—here there be dragons!

Fire breath + wooden boat = What me worry?

Sure, this idiotic monstrosity will probably never be built. But if it is built, maybe we can change that boring “Unbridled Spirit” logo with something more befitting of Kentucky’s new swag: HIC SUNT DRACONES!


  1. DaveG
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    This implies that all the animals on the ark were herbivores immune to all pathogens. They should address the question of food stores for the voyage. As all the animals were mating pairs, where are all the deleterious effects of inbreeding that would surely have resulted?

  2. Michael
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I’m curious how they explain the lack of dragons today. Yes, we have driven hundreds of species to extinction, but considering the size and number of species of dinosaurs, it’s hard to believe that all of them were wiped out, particularly the fire-breathing kind. The mental gymnastics they must play, or perhaps its just simple denial – “don’t like that fact, so I refuse to think about it, and leave it to god to figure out.”

  3. Matt
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Makes sense – if you’re already building a park about a fairy tale, why not include the usual suspects as well? Maybe they can have an exhibit exposing the “real-life history of Little Red Riding Hood”…

  4. Diane
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    St. George killed the dragons.

    Good Lord, what will these people believe????

  5. John Pieret
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    “Good Lord, what will these people believe????”

    They will tell you about hyperevolution whereby about 15,000 “kinds” of animals (never mind the insects, fish, plants, etc.) were taken onto the Ark which then, through “microevolution” turned into 10 million+ species in just 4,000 years.

    There is no such thing as something “too crazy” for a young-Earth creationist to believe in order to cling onto their Bronze Age mythology.

  6. Zep
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s not one skerrick to do with their beliefs, dragons, dinosaurs or dogs for that matter. It’s all about the money. The principals of the “movement” are building this Ark thing to make money off an uncritical public so they can live in the lifestyle to which they want to become accustomed. Whether it’s brainless believers or sniggering skeptics, if they pay at the door then it’s money the bank. The solution is to simply not go see this nonsense, and encourage others to not go either.

  7. Marcus
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    What’s more: “Contrary to popular opinion, the average size was only about that of a sheep” – the figure this was taken from, an infamous feasibility study of the ark, said that a sheep was the *median* size, not the average – the average was about the size of a rat! So they’re not only lying in general, they’re lying about *their own ‘science’*.

  8. Justin
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    I was a resident of Williamstown, KY. At one point (I’m not sure now) it was there they planned to build the park. I had planned on protesting the thing. It’s not just an embarrassment to my home state, but to science as well. They should be ashamed, but they aren’t. They’re getting stinking rich off the ignorance of others.

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