We Are Getting Ramba’s Transport Container Ready!

transport crates

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. ❤️

To learn more about her rescue or give to help bring her home, you can go here → 

August 9, 2019


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    Debbie Sides says

    This is so exiting! It’s all happenibg! Lovely Ramba is going home♡

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    Carolyn McNeil says

    I have hopes that one African elephant will be a surprise forever guest in the near future. I have been reading all the archives from 2016 forward. Fascinating, lots of tears. Will be donating next week. You all are so giving!

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    Maggie says

    Wow, this is truly amazing. Safe journey on the crate transportation. ??????

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    Sherry says

    Life is an adventure, isn’t it?????!!!!

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    Denise Greenwood says

    Exciting times again. Do hope all goes to plan and Ramba is ok with the long journey to her forever home. Rana & Maia await you lovely Ramba. Looking forward to seeing her journey

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    Lila Nieto says

    This is so exciting!!! I came to think her permits would never be ready. Good luck!!!

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    Carey says

    My goodness you are driving through/over the Andes? That will be some journey, is it winter now? Much snow, rain or rockfalls, and I dont know what the roads are like as I’ve only seen the Bolivian stretch of the Andes, road condition varied. How long will it take to get there by road? They are incredibly awesome though, and very different geographically and culturally from Brazil, and the lowlands, take care!

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      Kat Blais says

      The empty container will drive over the Andes, it’s not safe to do it with Ramba in the container, which is why she has to fly. They estimate it will take 5-7 days to get there, depending upon how bad the conditions are because of it being winter and the snow and storms.

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