Texas dinosaurs arrive in Leicestershire
ALL the way from Texas, Twycross Zoo took delivery of 15 animatronic dinosaur sculptures today.
At 7am the fearsome life-like creatures, some of which tower an incredible 25-30ft tall and weigh 6500lbs, were offloaded from three cargo lorries in a three hour operation which involved more than a dozen pairs of hands and two forklifts.
Neil Satchwell, zoo operations manager, 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 fifteen 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 models will be the main feature in the zoo's brand new Dinosaur Valley exhibition which opens on March 28 this year.
See more pictures here: Twycross Zoo Dinosaur Valley residents arrive