All-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines has delivered four reindeer from Moscow in Russia to Frankfurt, Germany.

No, it isn't Christmas again – but the movement of animals for agricultural purposes is a year-round activity.

To that end, ABC recently partnered with Astra Brokers to move a shipment of reindeer for Moscow Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, under the regular animals’ exchange programme.

The reindeer – four two-year-old animals, weighing around 150 kilogrammes each – were transported in separate dedicated cages to guarantee their well-being during the flight, before being safely delivered to Wuppertal Zoo in Germany.

Peter Novozhenov, the airline's Regional Director, Russia and CIS, highlights: ‘We have transported deer previously, which has its special aspects the carrier needs to be aware of. The whole journey, which has been organised under IATA LAR and customer’s requirements, went smoothly and the animals feel safe and comfortable right now.

"I would like to thank our local team for their great contribution and teamwork. In 2020 we favoured a significant increase in animals transportation, meeting the growing demand from the customers and we will keep on sharpening our expertise in this sector to guarantee high-quality service."

Amid the pandemic, more customers have called on air cargo for animal transportation to keep agricultural programmes going, to support zoo exchange programmes and equine sports events.