DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has delivered two Sumatran tigers, one from the USA and one from Australia, to take part in an international breeding program.
With fewer than 300 Sumatran tigers now in the wild, ZSL London Zoo is hoping to breed the tigers as part of a wider conservation support program and enlisted the help of international shipping firm DHL Express to transport the two tigers: Melati, a female tiger from Perth Zoo, Australia, who arrived on 29 September and Jae-Jae, a male tiger from Akron Zoo Ohio, United States who joined Melati on 14 October. Taking into account the tigers’ wild behavior and mating rituals, the female tiger was brought to the zoo first and given time to mark her territory, before the male tiger was introduced two weeks later.
To ensure the safety of the tigers on board, bespoke travelling crates were created for the wild cats, equipped with infrared cameras to allow each tiger’s on-board keeper to monitor their well being throughout the journey.
To accommodate the feline travellers, DHL temporarily reconfigured its global network to ensure the tigers could be delivered in under 24 hours.
The move follows the recent transportation of three critically endangered black rhinos from Manston Airport, Kent, UK to the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. The rhinos, Monduli, Grumeti and Zawadi are all faring well and living in the wild for the first time.
Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, commented, “It’s very special that we can use our core capability of logistics to support such valuable conservation efforts. The relocation of the rhinos and now the movement of these beautiful tigers effectively means we can contribute towards sustainable breeding and conservation through the power of our global network.”
Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK