The animals were rescued from a privately owned zoo in Ukraine where they were living in totally unclean conditions
Alphatrans Ltd, a Cooperative member in Odessa, Ukraine, moved three rescued lionesses from a private zoo in Ukraine to their natural habitat in the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The three lionesses called Luca, Charles and Kai, were living in squalid conditions in a 35 square meter steel cage without any sunlight or fresh air. The 2 months old lion cub called Nathan was rescued from a cruel circus trainer in Ukraine who meant to sell it off to a private zoo or circus.
“All the animals were rescued by Lionel de Lange of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation (LAEO) branch in Ukraine who built a temporary shelter of 280 square meters for the animals before preparing to move them to their permanent home in the forests of South Africa,” says Mr. Dimitriy Balaban, the Managing Director of Alphatrans.
All the lions were vaccinated, documented and chipped before being granted the CITES export certificate so that they could be moved to South Africa. Alphatrans arranged for shipment by air within the shortest possible transit time and under constant surveillance of veterinarians. Mr. Balaban added, “This had been a very special shipment for us and our team has once again proved that we can move anything and everything no matter if it is a project cargo or a shipment consisting of lions! We are really delighted that we could bring the lions safely back to their home in South Africa,”
Congratulations to Alphatrans for moving this extraordinary cargo!