When zoos undertake the monumental task of shipping their precious cargo to new locales, specialty shipping crates and unorthodox methods are often necessary to get the job done.
When zoo animals travel by freight, they get first-class treatment (relatively speaking, of course). But you can probably imagine that animals aren’t always the most willing passengers. When, in 2005, the Detroit Zoo wanted to transport its elephants to a sanctuary 3700 miles away, it required an effort as enormous as the animals themselves.
According to The Star, the two arthritic elephants, Winky and Wanda, had to undergo behavioral training prior to the trip, and embarked on their journey in a truck outfitted especially for elephants -- fit with Gatorade, cameras, and places for them to rest their weary bodies.
But that’s just one example of the lengths zoos must go to in order to safely transport their creatures. What about when tigers and hippos have to be put in crates?