17:03 Friday 01 March 2013

Swad company enjoys roaring good time at zoo

Written byHELEN KREFT

A SWADLINCOTE company has helped deliver 15 fearsome dinosaurs to Twycross as part of the zoo’s new attraction.

Mainline Tool and Plant hire, off Hearthcote Road, Swadlincote, provided lifting gear to bring the prehistoric predators on to English soil after a long journey from Texas.

At 7am on Saturday, the angry-looking animatronic dinosaurs, some of which tower an incredible 25-30ft tall and weigh as heavy as 6,500lbs, were offloaded from three cargo lorries in a three hour operation which involved more than a dozen pairs of hands and two forklifts.

Carole Williams, director at Mainline Tool and Plant hire, said: “We have supplied Twycross Zoo for many years as we have been in Swadlincote for 31 years so we have dealt with them for a long time and supported them in many projects.”

Neil Satchwell, operations manager at the zoo, said: “The dinosaurs set sail from the United States almost a month ago, so it’s safe to say we have been eagerly anticipating their arrival. When we received the call on Wednesday to say the dinosaurs had docked in the UK, it was all hands on deck at the zoo to ensure the final arrangements had been made to receive this special cargo.

“The offloading of the creatures went very well. All 15 dinosaurs are now safely in position, and our team will work hard over the next three weeks to ensure Dinosaur Valley comes to life for an unforgettable visitor experience.”

The life-like animatronic dinosaurs will be the main feature in the Zoo’s brand new Dinosaur Valley, providing a trail through prehistoric times giving visitors an opportunity to get up close to the likes of the mighty Brachiosaurs, the terrifying T-Rex and the feathered Citipati.

Sharon Redrobe, zoological director, added: “Twycross Zoo cares for more than 160 species of animal, and 40 per cent of those are classified as endangered or critically endangered in the wild. Our aim is to teach the public about the threat of extinction, and dinosaurs are a perfect example for this.”

Dinosaur Valley opens on March 28.

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