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Volga Dnepr Group

White Rhinos Travel First-Class Thanks to the Volga Dnepr Group

Russian Airline Volga Dnepr Group has once again shown their prowess in the transport of live animals. For this special freight project, two Southern White Rhinos from the Zoological Center Ramat Gan in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv were delivered safely to Russia. The Rhinos will reside at Rostov-on-Don Zoo, which is one of the largest in Russia and promotes a global program for the preservation of similar endangered animals.

Wildlife preservation has always been a high priority with the Volga Dnepr Group and it continues to support important projects like this one. Previous projects have included the transportation and delivery of Przhevalsky Horses by the Volga Dnepr Group sister airline Atran Airlines.

The Airline used a modified IL-76TD-90VD freighter; this guaranteed that all temperature and pressure environments were stable during the flight and ensured the special cargo arrived safely with no distress.

Another factor that contributed to the comfortable journey was the low engine noise produced by the aircraft. Israeli Vets travelled with the two Rhinos to closely monitor their behaviour and attend to any issue that may have arisen.

Curator of the Israeli Zoo, Dr Gillad Goldstein, said “Everything went quite smoothly. The aircraft team were very experienced and efficient. Thank you for your part in this project.”

Rostov-on-Don Zoo Director, Alexander Zhadobin, added “In February 2017 we started negotiations on transferring the rhinoceroses, which included following the recommendations of our Israeli colleagues and redesigning the rhinos’ enclosure. Since arriving in Russia, they have relocated well under quarantine as they adapt to their new conditions. We would like to express our gratitude to Volga-Dnepr Airlines for their safe transportation.”

The Volga Dnepr Airlines Group were asked to carry out this project by one of their logistics partners, Charter Green Light Moscow LLC.

Due to the Northern White Rhino being on the brink of extinction, the White Rhinos are now under protection and population management.