Etihad Cargo and Intradco Global has helped to return 19 black Rhinos back in to the wild in Rwanda.
The critically endangered animals have been moved by the cargo company and the animal transport
business for African Parks.
African Parks is an organisation that works on a non-profit basis in order to manage a number of
national parks across Africa. The group also work in order to manage other protected areas on behalf of
the governments on the continent. Intradco, who specialises in animal transport chartered tow of
Etihad’s Freighter planes in order to transport the Black Rhinos to the Capital of Rwanda, Kigali, for
Johannesburg. After the flight, the animals were then placed on to trucks which carried them to where
they were released. While on the Boeing 777 planes and on the trucks during transportation, the Rhinos
were accompanied by three vets and two attendants. The rhinos were moved to Akagera National Park.
There were 10 Rhinos on the first flight to land at Kigali International Airport and nine in the second.
Each of these Rhinos can weigh up to 2,500 kg each and they were transported by using a number of
specially designed pallets that was also fitted with their food for the journey. The aircraft was also
heated to a temperature that was set by the Vet in order to make sure that the 19 animals were all
comfortable throughout their journey.
This transportation action took place at the beginning of May and will mean that the animals are
returning to a country they were wiped out from in 2007 because of widespread poaching. In an
extensive and intricate transportation programme Intradco and Etihad spent more than a year in
planning the transport in order to make sure that the Rhinos were moved safely from Johannesburg to
their destination in Rwanda. It has been calculated that there are only 1,000 Rhinos left around the
world, with 2% of the population being involved in the move back to Rwanda.