Transporting Tigers, and Pandas, and Birds, Oh My!
When most people think of airports and air travel, they typically think of commercial airlines and people traveling for business or leisure. But have you ever thought about how endangered species get transported to zoos across the U.S. to accommodate their species survival plans? The answer: airplanes! In this episode, Zoo Knoxville’s President and CEO, Lisa New, discusses how the zoo relies heavily on air cargo to transport animals and its staff across the world. We also hear from Einstein, an African Gray parrot, (yes, you read that right) about his travels across the country.
Guests in this Episode
- Lisa New (left) is the President and CEO of Zoo Knoxville.
- Adam Patterson (right) is the Bird Show Lead Trainer at Zoo Knoxville and Einstein (also pictured) is Zoo Knoxville’s very talented African Gray parrot.
Mentioned in this Episode
- USA Today: ‘New tiger will start zoo’s endangered species breeding’
- Video: Arya Malayan tiger settling in to her new home in Knoxville
- Video: Red Panda transported from Knoxville Zoo to Idaho
- ‘SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction is Helping Zoos and Aquariums Flex their Conservation Muscle’
- Animal Trafficking: Did you know that 96 elephants are killed everyday in Africa?
- Zoo Knoxville Announces Improvements to Reptile and Amphibian Center
- Video of Einstein’s TED Talk in 2006
- Total Freight Operations at TYS in 2017: 5,103,336
- Air Cargo Connects the World Infographic (below)