The rhino made the trip across the Tasman from Auckland to Sydney (via Christchurch) onboard a Qantas Freight Boeing 767.
Mtoto flew comfortably in a special aluminium crate and was looked after by Auckland Zoo (opens in new window) keeper David Crimp. There was no inflight catering but we were able to screen the Lion King and the first of the Madagascar movies on the way over. Ok we didn’t really do that.
Rhinos don’t need to carry passports but there’s special quarantine forms that must be completed to make sure Mtoto is able to call Australia home.
Once his paperwork was cleared in Sydney, it was onto a truck for the journey by road to the Altina Wildlife Park (opens in new window)– where he’ll be cared for along with a variety of other exotic animals.
White Rhinos are a threatened species in Africa and that’s why it’s important that animals like Mtoto are protected.
Organisations like Altina and of course zoos have a special role to play in protecting these giant animals.
But for the team at Qantas Freight and with our mates at Jetpets – helping Mtoto get to his new forever home was all in a day’s work.
Read more on all we transport at Qantas on Roo Tales - our airline blog.