One of the many steps towards Ramba’s rescue, getting her transport container ready. João and Joaquim had the pleasure of relocating the wasps inside, scrubbing and pressure washing both crates. We have two, built and designed by us. The purple one on the left will be heading to Ramba. And no it’s not your eyes, the one on the right is taller. It will work better for males and Africans. The one on the left is short enough to fit through the doorway of a plane- the most restrictive factor in regards to who can fly her.
The crates were designed to keep every need in mind. There are numerous openings along the side that allow us to access all along their bodies, the floors drain into a pan below, there is space in front and in back of them that keeps food clean and makes it easy to clean up after them. There is a recessed lifting strap in the floor, in case an elephant needs support during the ride. We can also remove the roof entirely in an emergency. The one on the right has a slightly fancier roof, which is extended in the photo but can drop down to the same size as the one on the left. So if we ever had to fly a tall elephant, the crate could fit in the door, and then we could raise the roof once inside.
As with everything we build, we use our decades of experience in design, planning for the worst, and hoping for the best. Some functions are built-in to the crates that we hope we never have to use, but if we do, they are there and ready to go.
Once things are set with the agricultural agency in Chile, Ramba’s crate will be driven to the safari park where she currently lives. It will be slow driving through the Andes Mountains, but we worry less since it will be empty. Thank you. ❤️