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It Had to Go Smoothly

If we can ship a pride of lions, we’ll ship your sensitive cargo with pride too

Transporting live animals across the globe is more complex than many of the shipments that DSV handles. Patrick Craig, Executive Director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, called on us to rescue three lions from South Korea and safely transport them to their new home in a 15-acre enclosure at the sanctuary, located approximately 50 miles outside of Denver. The journey included a flight from Seoul, South Korea to Los Angeles, California, followed by a long truck journey from Los Angeles to Keenesburg. 

DSV previously worked with the Wild Animal Sanctuary on deliveries of empty crates and other supplies to foreign countries, as well as import brokerage for various international rescues. The sanctuary has been carrying out regular foreign rescues for more than 16 years, and this was the first time DSV was involved in the process from start to finish. While Patrick and his team are veterans of rescuing large carnivores, this was their first transport from Asia. 

Planning, Customs and Import Clearance 

“This was our first Asian Continent rescue, and it turned out to be one of the most well-planned and executed rescues due to the help provided by DSV staff and related support,” said Patrick Craig. 

“Given the short amount of lead time, this rescue could have been extremely difficult, but DSV worked very hard to get everything lined up so the rescue was carried out in a very short amount of time. They were able to work with our team to ensure all the bases were covered, which is critical when dealing with live animals that cannot be held up.”

The work that the Wild Animal Sanctuary is doing is important and complex, and each rescue comes with its own set of issues and challenges that test even the best of logistics operators. 

Being able to get as many of the details sorted out and resolved ahead of time by DSV helped immensely, because getting these taken care of from another country is incredibly difficult”

- Patrick Craig, Executive Director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado

“Saving large carnivores from terribly abusive situations and transporting them to a sanctuary where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace and comfort makes all of the effort worthwhile.”

While there are snags in any transport, the DSV teams in both Denver, Colorado and Seoul, Korea, worked together to overcome permit issues, last minute flight changes, and rearranged ground logistics throughout the process. Patrick has noticed that throughout his time working with DSV, the team has grown more proficient in arranging critical inspections and communications and said that he will choose DSV when the time comes again for another international rescue. The lions had no complaints about the service either.

About the Wild Animal Sanctuary

The Wild Animal Sanctuary currently operates two sites within Colorado totaling more than ten thousand acres. The sanctuary rescues animals from horrific captive situations and rehabilitates them so they can live and roam freely within large natural habitats with others of their own kind.  

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