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Sailors help critically endangered leopard

Forty five members of the crew spent the day at the zoo preparing a new home for an Amur leopard due to arrive in September.

Portsmouth-based HMS St Albans is currently in a major refit at Devonport Naval Base and, as the overhaul nears completion, a new ship’s company has been formed.

The work at the zoo was all part of efforts to meld the new group of sailors together as they prepare to bring their ship back to front-line operations. 

Their presence provided an extra attraction to visitors, said the zoo’s chief operations officer Coral Jones.

“It has been great having the team from St Albans join us to help complete the leopard enclosure,” she said.

“Their efforts have helped us get on track with our preparations for the arrival of our new endangered resident, and their presence offered an extra attraction for visitors today.”

Engineer Technician Rufus Comasky was among the sailors involved in the enclosure efforts.

He said: “I have really enjoyed the outreach work. It has been a great break from a fast-paced commissioning period.

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