20 Years Later, Noah's Ark Replica Complete

'Johan's Ark' filled with animals: real, stuffed, and plastic

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 11, 2012 1:07 AM CST | Updated Dec 15, 2012 7:16 AM CST

(Newser) – If the world floods, whether from an angry God or climate change, Johan Huibers is ready. After 20 years of work, the Dutchman has completed a full-sized replica of Noah's Ark as described in the Bible, the AP reports. He followed Biblical instructions precisely to create a boat 427 feet long and 75 feet high, which he has filled with a menagerie of stuffed and plastic animals, as well a petting zoo with live animals and an aviary of exotic birds.

Huibers, a Christian, says he started building the boat after a nightmare in 1992 in which floods once again overwhelmed his low-lying homeland. He doesn't believe that God is planning to flood the world once more, but he hopes his ark will "make people question that so that they go looking for answers" and find them through God, he says. The ark is open to visitors and Huibers plans to take it to other European ports and possibly even to the US.

An interior view of the ark, complete with life-sized replica elephant.
An interior view of the ark, complete with life-sized replica elephant.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A life-size replica of a giraffe overlooks Merwede river from a full scale replica of Noah’s Ark which opened its doors in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Monday Dec. 10, 2012.
A life-size replica of a giraffe overlooks Merwede river from a full scale replica of Noah’s Ark which opened its doors in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Monday Dec. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Johan Huibers poses with a stuffed tiger in front of his full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark.
Johan Huibers poses with a stuffed tiger in front of his full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Interior view of the ark with life-size replica's of animals.
Interior view of the ark with life-size replica's of animals.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Johan Huibers poses for a portrait in front of the full scale replica of Noah’s Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Monday Dec. 10, 2012.
Johan Huibers poses for a portrait in front of the full scale replica of Noah’s Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Monday Dec. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Interior view of the full scale replica of Noah’s Ark with life-size replica's of animals which has opened its doors in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Monday Dec. 10, 2012.
Interior view of the full scale replica of Noah’s Ark with life-size replica's of animals which has opened its doors in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Monday Dec. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A life-size replica of a penguin stands outside a full scale replica of Noah’s Ark.
A life-size replica of a penguin stands outside a full scale replica of Noah’s Ark.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A full scale replica of Noah’s Ark in seen in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Monday Dec. 10, 2012.
A full scale replica of Noah’s Ark in seen in Dordrecht, Netherlands, Monday Dec. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Johan Huibers, center, shows journalists the inside of the ark.
Johan Huibers, center, shows journalists the inside of the ark.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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