It is a challenge to transport live predatory cats. They must be awake during the trip, and can be nervous about the unfamiliar situation and strangers. This can lead them to hurt themselves or damage their cages. Delays in transport can cause even more serious problems if the animals need special care.
That is why Aalborg Zoo in Denmark asked DSV to transport its endangered Persian leopard, Bam Bam. He would have to travel through Europe and across the Atlantic Ocean and the continental United States to reach his new home in California.
Sensitive transport across the globe
The transport involved several steps. Bam Bam was first loaded into a specially constructed box. He was then driven by DSV truck to Amsterdam. From there, he was flown on a chartered flight to Los Angeles. When he was safely on the ground, he was driven the short way to the Feline Conservation Center in Rosamond, California.
Thanks to careful planning and handling, Bam Bam arrived safely and on time.
Bam Bam's journey to the U.S. went smoothly. Transport is a necessary part of the global work done to preserve endangered species, and we are happy that both Aalborg Zoo and DSV did such a professional job handling this sensitive and potentially dangerous animal.
Joe Maynard, President of EFBC's Feline Conservation Center
Helping an endangered species
Bam Bam is now part of a breeding program for the endangered Persian Leopards at the compound in Rosamond. He will hopefully mate with his potential mate, Kiana. She comes from France and is still biding her time.
The Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor), is one of the subspecies of leopards that is native to western Asia. It is said to be the largest of all the subspecies of leopards. It lives in Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Habitat varies from mountain steppe to grasslands, or anywhere having a reasonable amount of cover and a supply of prey.
About EFBC's Feline Conservation Center
Home to over 70 of the world's most endangered felines, EFBC's Feline Conservation Center is a breeding zoo and research facility. Founded in Rosamond, California in 1977, it is a non-profit organization run entirely through public donations.
Click here to visit the Feline Conservation Center website
About Aalborg Zoo
Aalborg Zoo opened in April 1935. The Zoo’s area covers 8 hectares, sheltering more than 1,200 animals of 138 species. The overall purpose of Aalborg Zoo is conservation of animals and the nature they live in, directly through international breeding partnerships and support to conservation projects in the wild and indirectly through the dissemination of knowledge about endangered animals.
Click here to visit the Aalborg Zoo website