12 September 2012
200kg cat to be couriered across TasmanAuckland Zoo’s male lion Lazarus, who has fathered six offspring since his arrival in 2003, is today being air-freighted across the Tasman to start a new life at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales. The move, part of an Australasian regional breeding programme for this big cat species, paves the way for Auckland Zoo’s other male lion, Ngala, to step up and lead the pride of three females, and hopefully breed. Lazarus, who weighs 200kg, will travel in a special custom-built steel crate on a Tasman Cargo Airlines Boeing 757 freighter aircraft that will also be carrying express parcels, boutique clothing, fresh fish and other food products. Horses – frequent flyers on this aircraft, have been rescheduled to fly on a different day this week to give this big cat priority passage.
New Zealand Herald
The 200kg cat, who has fathered six offspring, is part of an Australasian regional breeding programme and his departure will make way for the zoo's other male lion, Ngala, to lead the pride of three females, and hopefully breed. Lazarus will be air ...