NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Airways said Monday it has
facilitated transfer of Simba, a rescued lion as live cargo from
Netherlands to Lilongwe Wildlife Center, a sanctuary in Malawi
via Nairobi as part of conservation awareness.
The airline’s CEO Titus Naikuni said the provision of
safe transportation of Simba has reaffirmed the national
carrier’s commitment to supporting wildlife conservation.
"I find this an amazing example of how we can connect
across the globe to protect endangered wildlife for their
return and long- term survival in their natural habitats,"
Naikuni said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
He said the initiative is part of the airline’s
partnership with the Born Free Foundation, the global
wildlife charity, towards supporting wildlife conservation
by rescuing endangered animals and restoring them to their
"Wildlife is our heritage, and its conservation and
protection is the responsibility of all of us," Naikuni
The Kenya Airways CEO said the airline airlifted Simba as
live cargo as part of Simba’s 4,900 mile journey.
It culminated into the uniting of Simba with Bella, a lioness
that was rescued by Born Free and also transported by Kenya
Airways from a Romanian zoo back in 2009.
Simba, who was born in a French zoo in 2005, before being
acquired by an independent animal trainer, with whom he has been
living for seven years before his rescue.