AFKLM Martinair Cargo transports two lions to South Africa

Lions Vasylyna and Nikola moved from Felida, managed by Four Paws, in the Netherlands to LionsRock in South Africa

AFKLM Martinair Cargo transports two lions to South Africa

Photos Credit: Air France KLM Martinair Cargo

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Lions Vasylyna and Nikola embarked on a significant journey on April 25, boarding a Martinair Cargo 747 freighter aircraft headed for South Africa.

"The remarkable flight marks a new chapter in the lives of these majestic creatures who are now en route from Felida, the specialised sanctuary for big cats run by animal welfare organisation Four Paws in Friesland, the Netherlands, to LionsRock, an expansive 1250-hectare sanctuary managed by the same organisation in South Africa," says an official release from Air France KLM Martinair Cargo.

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has a dedicated animal hotel at its KLM Cargo facilities at Schiphol and expert staff members who oversee the welfare of animals throughout the trip, the release added.

“At our animal hotel at Schiphol, we prioritise dedication to providing the best care for our animal passengers," says Mirjam Scherer, Global Head, Specials Logistics, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. "We ensure the highest level of attention and care for every animal under our care, from the moment of arrival to departure. Our team of seasoned professionals is ready to deliver the best service and care including special diets, administering medication, and, of course, plenty of love and attention. We strive to ensure that every animal with us is happy, healthy, and well-cared for."

Petra Sleven, Director, Four Paws adds: “The relocation of Vasylyna and Nikola to LionsRock means they finally have the opportunity to live in a large sanctuary, surrounded by other lions. While it’s saddening that they never had the chance to be released into the wild due to illegal trade, we are glad to offer them a more natural life here."

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