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Keeping wildlife afloat

The pandemic has hit many businesses hard, including zoos with their enormous output in feed, veterinary bills, keeping all the animals safe and happy, and of course paying their staff who make this possible.

Shepreth Wildlife Park six ring-tailed lemurs, Meg, Maky, Dobby, Albus, Peachy and Red Back, were in urgent need of an upgrade to the pontoon to their island and funds were tight, down by £1 million after a year of lost revenue.   An email received by WMS did the trick; the company wanted to help, saying it had been fortunate enough to keep going through most of the pandemic thanks to the construction business.

A 3m x 2m Rotodock module was added to WMS’s packing list for the marine supplier’s next container to give to the Wildlife Park free of charge, enabling the keepers to continue feeding and looking after their ring-tailed charges.

The WMS team were able to visit the wildlife park to test the new installation in person and although they could not meet the lemurs personally (as they can catch covid), they were able to feed capybaras, red pandas, aardvarks and tortoises in their enclosures, and otters, alpacas and coatis from the safety of the fence line.

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