Now, anything that flies is subject to aviation security screening, be it a person, a piece of cargo, or an animal. Enter the “mixed” in Mixed Freight Services. When approached by the Aspinall Foundation to assist with the transportation of Zambezi, we were thrilled to be part of the conscious efforts.
There are vital steps involved in approving and transporting this special type of ‘cargo’, beyond simple screening and securing. Through our direct channels of communication, we were able to liaise directly with the Civil Aviation Authority. With over thirty years’ experience in specialised transport movements for the aviation industry, Mixed Freight Services planned and executed an offsite specific protocol approved by the CAA, which ensured the safety and integrity of the cargo without compromising it.
Consequently, we were able to ensure this 1,254kg Rhinoceros was safe and ready for its flight; sadly, however, for reasons yet unknown, Zambezi did not survive to see Serengeti as he passed away in transit.
As we mourn the loss of Zambezi, we must also recognize the invaluable efforts and intentions of the Aspinall foundation and the step forward in returning these wild animals back to their natural homes.
Mixed Freight Services prides itself on its pragmatic approach to all situations; we embrace and welcome unique projects of this kind and look forward to assisting with any different, unique, potentially peculiar situations wherever our expertise is required.