Pacific Air Cargo helps Honolulu Zoo acquire hippopotamus
Transporting a 3631 lb animal from LAX to HNL
— Tanja Janfruechte, CEO of Pacific Air Cargo
HONOLULU, HI, USA, February 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pacific Air Cargo (PAC) transports animals For more than 20 years. They range from kittens and dogs to cows and horses. Every once in a while they are asked to transport a much more exotic animal like they did in 2020 when they transported two young giraffes to Honolulu. And yesterday, PAC shipped a hippo named Mara from Los Angeles to Honolulu where she will become the companion of Louise, the Honolulu Zoo’s resident hippo. Hippos are gregarious by nature, living in large groups of up to 100 when in their natural habitat. But the two hippos live alone, so it is hoped that they will quickly become friends and enrich each other.
Mara who weighs 3631 pounds. was born in captivity on September 24, 2003 at the Ellen Trout Zoo, but has lived at the Los Angeles Zoo for many years. Staff adore Mara, saying she is very smart and trained to open her mouth to get her teeth checked. the The Honolulu Zoo hippopotamus, Louiseis 30 years old and was also born in captivity, at the Denver Zoological Garden.
Mara arrived in Honolulu early on February 16 accompanied by two staff members from Los Angeles, one of whom is a veterinarian. First to be disembarked from the plane, Mara was carefully cared for as she made her way under special police escort to the Honolulu Zoo. And because hippos are considered high risk for COVID-19, everyone who came into contact with her during her trip wore PPE protective gear.
“It’s such a pleasure to be part of Mara’s journey to her wonderful new life in Honolulu,” said Tanja Janfruechte, CEO of Pacific Air Cargo. “We love the challenges associated with transporting such incredibly special goods.”
Hippopotamus is a Greek word for “water horse” although their closest relatives are whales and dolphins. And even if they can’t swim, they can gallop along a river bed, and an adult can hold their breath for up to 30 minutes. The hippopotamus is considered the third largest land mammal after the elephant and the rhinoceros. They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and are threatened by habitat loss, poaching for their meat and ivory canines. Hippos can also suffer from diseases and drought which can be influenced by climate change, so the rare ones in captivity are treasured.
“Pacific Air Cargo is thrilled to be able to give back to the community by flying Mara to Honolulu where she will no doubt be a delight to the many local families who visit the zoo each year,” said Paul Skellon, director of Pacific Air Cargo. Marketing. “We are a company that loves animals of all shapes and sizes!”
Visitors to the Honolulu Zoo will soon have the opportunity to see Louise and Mara together every day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. If one is patient, the hippos can be observed doing their “water ballet”, which resembles a slow-motion gallop through the viewing window of their exhibit.
About Pacific Air Cargo
Founded in 2000, Pacific Air Cargo (PAC) provides exclusive daily express services by Boeing 747-400F air cargo services between Los Angeles (LAX) and Hawaii destinations from Honolulu (HNL), Kauai (LIH), Maui (OGG), Hilo (ITO) and Kona (KOA), and weekly B757-200F services to Pago Pago (PPG-American Samoa) and Guam (GUM). Pacific Air Cargo CEO Tanja Janfruechte and her professional and friendly team have a long and respected history of providing reliable and on-time service to air cargo markets in Hawaii, the continental United States and throughout the Pacific.
With the help of Pacific Air Cargo, Mara arrives at the Honolulu Zoo