This is a particularly exceptional transportation that Bolloré Logistics Mulhouse handled on last 5th of November. A Siamang monkey, travelling from the Besançon zoo, France, to the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The Siamang is the largest species of the family of Gibbons, it is also an endangered species; a situation caused by habitat degradation, natural disasters, illegal pet trade and hunting. They primarily live under tropical climates where the weather lacks seasonality and the temperature does not drop below 20 degrees Celsius.
For this animal that belongs to a protected species, specific organization and arrangements have been deployed to ensure the best transport conditions. Started last March, this project was completed in early November, due to a very long procedure requiring several authorizations from the two zoos and specific health standards for the transport of animals such as CITES (Convention on international trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
The Siamang was initially moved from the Zoo of Besançon to our agency in Mulhouse, where customs checks were carried out, as well as the conformity of the marking/labelling of the transport cage. The little monkey was then handed over to the airline Swiss International Air Lines, which took over the transport of the animal to Johannesburg. For the safety of all people on board, the Siamang was accompanied by a veterinary service throughout his trip. Upon his arrival in Johannesburg he was welcomed by the Kruger National Park team where he now resides. A new operation demonstrating the capacity of Bolloré Logistics to successfully handle the most sensitive operations.
For more information: Caroline Dechristé and Francis Heisch, Bolloré Logistics, Mulhouse.