Three black rhino born in captivity in the British Wild Animal Park, were flown to the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania to restore the population of red-animals, the organizers of transportation — the company DHL.
"Flight Airport Menston in Kent International Airport Kilimanjaro lasted ten hours. In the Italian city of Bergamo plane made a refueling stop — this time the local zoo experts were willing to provide the necessary assistance to the animal if it was required after the first stage of the journey. Rhinos moved from Kilimanjaro National Park is by road, where they happily set free, "- said in a statement.
DHL Boeing 757 aircraft was converted in such a way as to ensure the safety and comfort of Monduli male and two females — Grumeti and Zavada, who grew up in the British Wild Animal Park Port Lympne. Rhinos were accompanied by two aeronautical engineers, two employees of the park, two technicians responsible for loading the animals and the vet.
Furthermore, in addition to providing cover to transport themselves rhinos envisaged placing their food supplies: stock alfalfa hay, carrots, apples, bananas, celery, spinach, and enough water. In addition, during the flight, the air temperature were monitored on board, noted in the shipping company.
"Despite our extensive experience in the carriage of goods, the return of rhinos in a natural environment for DHL was very unusual project. Main priority for us was the safety and well-being of animals, and our logistics specialists in the UK and South Africa, working closely with the fund Aspinall Foundation and park Port Lympne, to provide all facilities for comfortable stay of our passengers. This flight was very difficult logistical challenge, but we are proud to participate in such a large-scale and value of the program for the conservation of rare species of animals, "- said General Director of DHL Express UK & Ireland Phil Kauchman.
Meanwhile, the British fund Aspinall Foundation intends to continue to replenish Africa come from the Dark Continent, which live in the UK.
"The animals, which we release into the natural environment, will help to keep the population on the verge of extinction. Soon we will be transported to a whole family of reserves Western lowland gorillas, and in the future — eight Javan langurs, five Javan gibbons and two African elephants "- said the Chairman of the Fund Damian Aspinall.
Black rhinos were almost wiped out in Africa by the end of the twentieth century because of the horn, which is valued at four times the price of ivory, as supposedly has healing properties in traditional Chinese medicine. So today, in the reserves dehorn rhinos. Despite the constant threat from poachers, the number of black rhinos is gradually increasing: in the early 90-ies of XX century, it was only 2.3 thousand individuals, but, according to recent estimates, reached 2.7 thousand.