Saudia Cargo transports wild animals to Riyadh Zoo

Saudi Airlines Cargo has successfully moved a large number of wild animals from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).


Saudia Cargo transports wild animals to Riyadh Zoo


Saudi Airlines Cargo has successfully moved a large number of wild animals from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). The operation, undertaken on behalf of Riyadh Zoological Garden, follows weeks of meticulous planning and coordination due to the special nature of the shipment. The scale of the project was such that close cooperation between all parties was necessary in order to ensure that the logistical side of the undertaking was carried out according to plan, Saudia said. This included obtaining the required documentation and approvals from the various authorities for the transport of such a large quantity of live cargo to the Kingdom.

Using one of the airline’s B747- 400F aircraft to carry the 16 pallets comprising 141 animals which included Giraffe, Kudu, Hartebeest, Gemsbok, Impala, Springbok, Blesbok and Duikers, the animals were safely delivered to Riyadh. “Due to the special nature of the freight, we needed to come up with a tailor-made solution for our client,” stated Amer Abu Obeid, regional director (MENAT) at Saudia Cargo. “The success of this operation is a credit to the hard work and dedication of all those involved and serves to demonstrate our ability to handle a wide range and nature of cargo on an international level,” he added.