Ever since “Dinos Alive!” opened in February, more than a dozen species of life-size, animatronic dinosaurs have been on the loose at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, giving visitors a chance to experience what the prehistoric behemoths might have moved and sounded like when they actually roamed the planet.
Lowry Park, a longtime Ring Power customer, worked with Tampa air compressor sales rep, Todd Norris, to get the exhibit up and running. As a testament to the quality of our equipment and service, most visitors have no idea that an air compressor is what powers the dinosaurs’ lifelike performance.
Behind the scenes, an electric, 50-hp Sullair LSR16 compressor supplied by Ring Power breathes life into the awe-inspiring dinosaurs, including three of the most well-known: Tyrannosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Stegoceras. Fed by two custom manifold systems, the multi-sensory beasts move and make sounds that keep the guests engaged while the entire installation ― which consists also of a Sullair refrigerated dryer, receiver tank and hoses ― remains discreetly out of sight and earshot.
Kudos to all of the Ring Power Tampa Power Systems Division associates for their teamwork: Todd for securing the contract, Rental Supervisor Jonathan Grubb for coordinating the logistics, Rental Support Mike Lugo for assembling and testing the equipment, and Transport Driver Sam King for delivering it to the site.
“Dinos Alive!” will be a main attraction at Lowry Park Zoo through the end of August, 2017. To see how the air-powered dinosaurs move and hear how they sound, search for “Dinos Alive at Lowry Park Zoo” on YouTube, or visit www.lowryparkzoo.org.