ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia. Volga-Dnepr Airlines used an IL-76TD-90VD freighter to deliver two Southern White Rhinos from the Zoological Center Ramat Gan in Tel Aviv to one of Russia’s largest zoos in Rostov-on-Don, which helps preserve rare and endangered animals.
The modernized and upgraded IL-76, chartered by Charter Green Light Moscow, ensured the correct temperature was maintained for the comfort of the rhinos that were accompanied by Israeli veterinary experts.
Dr. Gillad Goldstein, curator of the Israeli zoo said: “Everything went quite smoothly. The aircraft team was very experienced and efficient.”
Alexander Zhadobin, director of the Zoo of Rostov-on-Don, 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.”
White rhinos are the second largest land mammals after elephants. Being naturally the inhabitants of Africa, Southern White Rhinos are now subject to protection and population management following the almost complete extinction of their close relatives, the Northern White Rhino.