Priority Freight brings life-size dino fun to Wingham Wildlife Park
Priority Freight, the Dover-based freight specialist, has successfully transported 29 life-size, fully animatronic dinosaurs and reptiles to their new home at Wingham Wildlife Park, Kent, in time to impress local children and parents over the school holidays.
Anatomically-correct predators of all shapes and sizes, from a Tyrannosaurus Rex to bone-crushing crocodiles, and more friendly-looking herbivores, such as the 18-metre long Diplodocus, were transported by sea from China over a 62-day period – with Priority Freight providing the logistics expertise for a smooth and drama-free journey.
The emergency-freight experts sourced two 40-foot high cube shipping containers to house the prehistoric creatures during the near 13,000 nautical mile trip, in addition to ensuring each received the necessary customs clearance to enter the UK.
Kevin O’Shea, General Manager at Priority Freight, commented, “I wouldn’t say this was your typical Priority Freight shipment, but the cargo remained well secured during the journey and we ensured the paperwork was present and correct for customs. Happily, quarantine went by without a hitch! The cargo was delivered on time and in perfect condition; visitors to Wingham are in for a real dino treat.”
Markus Wilder, Animal Collection Curator at Wingham Wildlife Park, added: “There are some seriously scary life-size dinosaurs and reptiles at the park now, and I can’t wait to see the looks on our visitors’ faces when they see these creatures for the first time. The crocodile in particular looks like he hasn’t been fed for a while!”
For more information on Wingham Wildlife Park, including opening times over the school holidays, please visit its website. The 29 dinosaurs and reptiles are expected to be fully installed and open to the public by Thursday 31 March.