LATAM Cargo Brazil transported two bears from Fortaleza to São Paulo last week. The animals were transported in partnership with the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) and the Fortaleza State Environmental Superintendence (SEMACE). The bears will be taken to an wildlife sanctuary in the state of São Paulo.
The animals traveled in specially produced transport containers for loading into the cargo hold of the LATAM Cargo Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which weighed a total of approximately 1.3 tons when loaded with both animals. The loading of the bears was overseen by veterinarians and animal protection experts.
Preparation of the aircraft and loading began six hours in advance of the flight’s departuretime and involved more than 20 LATAM Cargo coworkers to ensure the well-being of the animals and that all safety measures were in place.The animals, who 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 specializes in wildlife preservation and cares for animals that have been in 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.