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Rodbaston's rare tortoises on the move - slowly

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

HOME FROM HOME...Animal Zone keeper Sam Ashby gets one of the tortoises ready to move home

HOME FROM HOME...Animal Zone keeper Sam Ashby gets one of the tortoises ready to move home

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THE leopard tortoises at South Staffordshire College's Animal Zone, Rodbaston, are settling into a snug new home.

As inmates Miranda, Samantha, Grumpy, Trouble and Dot originate from the Seychelles, Madagascar or Ecuador they like to be warm and the new accommodation will make it much easier to keep them cosy.

The college's construction apprentices built the tortoises' new accommodation, with materials supplied by sponsors including Tarmac and Lafarge.

Building work on the new home was started by young construction apprentices from the Rugeley area and completed by construction students from South Staffordshire College's Tamworth Campus, with the support of college lecturers and under the supervision of construction technician Andy Ecclestone.

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The project was supported by Entrust School Improvement Services.

Animal management students studying at Rodbaston are involved in the day-to-day care of more than 750 animals housed at the Animal Zone.

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