What the heck is the Dinosaur Protection Group?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will see Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) heading back to Isla Nublar to rescue some dinosaurs from an erupting volcano with help from the Dinosaur Protection Group. Two questions: what the heck is the Dinosaur Protection Group and why are they so keen to go back to an island that was taken over by prehistoric beasts… twice?!
A new viral website pegged to the sequel has popped up online to help explain things.
Founded by Claire after the events of Jurassic World, “the Dinosaur Protection Group (DPG) is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all living dinosaurs,” the site reads. “The DPG was founded and operates under the principle that dinosaurs are not ours to experiment upon or exploit for entertainment or financial gain. Though we brought them back to existence, we do not thereby claim the right to assume control of them.”
Also worth noting, the organization has no political or corporate affiliation. That’s probably for the best since everything went to hell in the first place when Masrani Global was in charge of the park.
Part of the DPG is systems analyst Franklin Webb (The Get Down‘s Justice Smith), who “previously worked at Jurassic World as an IT technician.” Now, he runs the social media and online marketing campaigns for the group. Daniella Pineda is also revealed as Zia Rodriguez, a paleo-veterinarian who dreamed of interning at Jurassic World before the incident. Zia is now the DPG’s expert on dinosaur biology.
Exploring the DPG website will also explain certain other elements of the Fallen Kingdom plot. For instance, since the island was evacuated after the Indominus Rex attack, “the last remaining dinosaurs on Nublar have been abandoned, left to fend for themselves while the world decides their fate.”
“There have been reports of certain species falling back into extinction (like the Metriacanthosaurus and Edmontosaurus), dozens of cases of illegal activity around Nublar, as well as rumors of rogue groups claiming to have access to the cloning technology,” the description continued.
Colin Trevorrow, the director of Jurassic World and a writer and producer on the sequels, had previously teased this “cloning technology” bit.
“I felt by introducing a couple key ideas and some of them are introduced by Dr. Wu, played by B.D. Wong, and even the simple idea that these people at Jurassic World won’t always be the only people that can clone a dinosaur,” Trevorrow said in 2015. “We never imagined what happens when this technology goes open source. I think the minute that you add an idea like that into something like this it can open up the minds of every young person who loved these movies. I think there’s a lot room to grow.”
Due to a shift in tectonic plates, the island’s Mt. Sibo has now become an active volcano. That’s why Claire and the DPG need Owen’s help to rescue as many dinosaurs before it erupts.
Learn more about the DPG’s role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on the official viral website. The film, directed by J.A. Bayona, opens in theaters on June 22. Jurassic World 3 will then follow on June 11, 2021.