LATAM Cargo Brazil transported two bears from Fortaleza to São Paulo last week utilising the belly capacity of a Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
The shipment was carried out as part of a partnership with the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) and the Fortaleza State Environmental Superintendence (SEMACE).
The two bears between them weighed around 1.3 tonnes and were taken to a wildlife sanctuary in the state of São Paulo. It was overseen by veterinarians and animal protection experts.
Preparation of the aircraft and loading began six hours in advance of the flight’s departure time and involved more than 20 LATAM Cargo workers to ensure the well-being of the animals.
The bears had lived in a zoo in Ceará, were rescued from a circus and will now be welcomed by the Rancho dos Gnomos Ecological Sanctuary Association (ASERG), which specialises in wildlife preservation and cares for animals that have been kept in captivity and/or been victims of abuse.
The partnership between LATAM Cargo Brazil and Ibama started in 2009 and has facilitated the transport of more than 4,500 animals in various projects aimed at preserving Brazilian fauna.