Qatar Airways Cargo helps transport six rescued lions to Africa

Qatar Airways Cargo helps transport six rescued lions to Africa

QLNews
By QLNews

Qatar Airways Cargo once again saw some very unusual passengers on its hold recently.

Six young lions, rescued from illegal wildlife trade by Animal Defenders International (ADI), were flown to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in Johannesburg, South Africa recently.

Known as the ‘Kuwait 6,’ the males Muheeb, Saham, Shujaa, Saif, and females Dhubiya and Aziza were cared for at Kuwait Zoo.

ADI, contacted by Kuwait government officials to help the lions, offered them a home at their 455-acre sanctuary.

Mark Drusch, chief officer (Cargo) at Qatar Airways Cargo, said: “We’re proud to once again be supporting ADI, this time in bringing these six beautiful lions home to Africa. Our WeQare Rewild the Planet initiative is our commitment to returning wildlife and endangered species to their natural habitat, free of charge.

“It takes a lot of effort and logistics for our team to organise moving such large animals. From logistics at the airports, loading and unloading the animals from the aircraft, to ensuring the correct cages and wellbeing of the animals, it’s a complex process. But it’s something we’re all collectively very proud and passionate to be a part of.”

Jan Creamer, president, ADI, added: “The Kuwait 6 have their whole lives ahead of them and will have acres of space at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary. We’re thankful to Qatar Airways Cargo and their WeQare programme in once again supporting us by covering the cost of the air transport back to Africa. We’re also very thankful to the ADI supporters who’re helping to fund their care.”

Alzahra Aljanabi, Animal Welfare Department, Public Authority of Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources in Kuwait, thanked both the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary and Qatar Airways Cargo. “People underestimate the risks of having wild animals as pets. They may be magnificent creatures but they’re also predators. We need more awareness to combat wildlife trafficking,” he added.

Qatar Airways Cargo recently opened its new state-of-the-art Animal Centre and relaunched its Live product, setting new benchmarks in the transport of live animals. The leading transporter flew over 550,000 animals in 2023.

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