All three of the major parcel integrators occasionally use their cargo aircraft and expedited freight delivery networks to move live animals for charity. FedEx moved Pandas from China, UPS moved Whale Sharks from Taiwan to Atlanta, and DHL is moving endangered Black Rhinos from the UK to their native Africa. See the video below.
Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK & Ireland said, "It was a very exciting moment for DHL to be able to serve as the international carrier of these animals, and we are proud to support this very worthwhile conservation program.”
"Our greatest priority was the safety and well being of the rhinos. Our dedicated logistics experts and engineers in both the UK and South Africa worked closely with The Aspinall Foundation and Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in order to ensure they had a safe and comfortable journey,” said Couchman. “It has been an enormously complex but extremely worthwhile logistics effort."
The 10-hour journey from Manston, UK airport to Tanzania included a refueling stop in Bergamo, Italy and took place aboard a specially outfitted Boeing 757. Special accommodation included rhino-sized life-saving devices and temperature controlled conditions in the cabin, meanwhile the animals were accompanied by two rhino keepers, two aircraft engineers and a specialist veterinarian.
The three black rhinos are to be released in Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. They will enrich the gene pool of the local rhino stock and improve the survival of this endangered species.