Special Rescue Flight - Flying With 7 Lions on Qatar Airways B777

Last month, I follow the transport of seven rescued lions from Ukraine to South Africa by Qatar Airways Cargo. These lions were rescued from captivity by NGO Warriors of Wildlife (WOW) in Ukraine. The long journey involved a three-day trip from Kiev to Doha and Johannesburg so that the lions could walk on grass for the first time in their lives. All are in good health.

I documented the loading process of 7 lions into the Qatar Airways B777. A short interview to know the history of these rescue lions and the challenge of transport wild animals was made during loading and onboard the flight.

After 4 hours 20 minutes, we arrived at Doha and the lions are being transported to a transit facility. During the transit, they were fed with food and water. Lionel de Lange from the NGO spoke about the challenge he went through to get them transported. Later, the 7 lions board on another Qatar Airways A350-900 flight to Johannesburg. The 7 lions had been released into a protected area since arrived in South Africa. They were transferred to a much larger nature reserve where they will be protected and taken care of for the rest of their lives.

Transporting wild animals back to their natural environment for free is a promise made by Qatar Airways Cargo as part its “Rewild the Planet” initiative as part of the airline’s WeQare sustainability programme.

Contact Warriors of Wildlife: www.wowukraine.org/


  1. Sanju


    55 分钟 前

    Well done Qatar Airways.

  2. Legioner


    2 小时 前

    Alle verhaften, und Tiere freilassen da wo sie zuhause sind.

  3. Trip Report

    Trip Report

    3 小时 前

    Nice video! It's awesome that you were able to fly on such a special flight. Thanks for sharing your experience and best wishes to the lions

  4. Deena Martin

    Deena Martin

    7 小时 前

    Loved this video! Especially the end ❤

  5. Jitin JC

    Jitin JC

    7 小时 前

    Wow. Great work❤️ But the cages used are so small that they could barely move. Must be very tough for the lions.

  6. Nepali secret super star

    Nepali secret super star

    9 小时 前

    May this work goes long long. Long live lions

  7. Jackson Brabyn

    Jackson Brabyn

    10 小时 前

    No no not

    • Jackson Brabyn

      Jackson Brabyn

      10 小时 前


  8. Klinton Mild

    Klinton Mild

    12 小时 前


  9. Divya Panicker

    Divya Panicker

    15 小时 前

    Wow job

  10. Jar Vis

    Jar Vis

    17 小时 前

    Rich Lions!

  11. shubham sharma

    shubham sharma

    20 小时 前

    First officer is an Indian

  12. Luke J

    Luke J

    22 小时 前

    they can be lions again!!

  13. Zakariya Yusuf

    Zakariya Yusuf

    22 小时 前

    They messing their families

  14. CyberCop


    天 前

    Kudos to NGOs which worked hard to transport these lions to SA. Hope similar actions are taken in other countries.

  15. CyberCop


    天 前

    Henceforth, I will choose to travel by Qatar airlines for their humanitarian service. Thanks Qatar team 🙏

  16. President Rahat

    President Rahat

    天 前

    Watch out your hand Mam

  17. Divya Chouhan

    Divya Chouhan

    天 前

    Amazing so good love from India ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  18. Venom Dealer

    Venom Dealer

    天 前

    Reason why Qatar Airways is the best!

  19. Sushil Motors

    Sushil Motors

    天 前

    Beautiful work❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 God bless you all 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩👌👌👌👌👌👌 ❤LION: K❤I❤N❤G ❤O❤F ❤T❤H❤E ❤J❤U❤N❤G❤L❤E❤

  20. Christian Norris

    Christian Norris

    天 前

    This man is carry the whole avation industry !!

  21. johnson davis

    johnson davis

    天 前

    Wonderful job done by Qatar airways , NGO and sam 😊

  22. Imti Boss

    Imti Boss

    天 前

    Just want to shot the lion 1 by 1

  23. Ian Forster

    Ian Forster

    天 前

    God bless everyone for rescuing these beautiful animals.

  24. The Vegan.

    The Vegan.

    天 前

    Thank you for sharing this amazing video. Thank you so much also for rescuing these Kings of the jungle..i got goosebumps. Thank you Anja and Lionel

  25. Lalo Guerra

    Lalo Guerra

    天 前

    Best video ever!!! You got me with 2 things.... Airplanes and lions... What a amazing job...

  26. Yanna Mahinay

    Yanna Mahinay

    天 前

    Idk why i watch this but it look so freaking interesting 👩‍🦲💀

  27. AAN Channel

    AAN Channel

    天 前

    Alex.....i love it💞

  28. Christian Flores

    Christian Flores

    天 前

    Why transfer wild animals?

  29. Paris Perry

    Paris Perry

    天 前

    Really awesome video!

  30. Iris NoH

    Iris NoH

    天 前

    For all the people behind this, may God bless you all. You are all amazing for giving them the freedom that they deserve ❤️😭

  31. Cameron Stuart

    Cameron Stuart

    天 前

    Coming from South Africa, I love this!

  32. Enamul Islam Jisan

    Enamul Islam Jisan

    天 前

    Other planes looking at the lions & saying please ride on me :( 😁

  33. Nature Addicted

    Nature Addicted

    天 前


  34. D Daug

    D Daug

    天 前

    Why would you give them names

  35. Cbk


    天 前

    eeey mkenya ...great swahili

  36. Varun A

    Varun A

    2 天 前

    I flew from London to Paris with 7 hamsters. Beat that !

  37. jensen 93

    jensen 93

    2 天 前

    why is there so much ads



    2 天 前

    Check out cabin crew training EXAM PAPERS



    2 天 前

    i livve in qatar

  40. Azizul Hakim

    Azizul Hakim

    2 天 前

    this video is really amazing sam!

  41. umeed e roshni

    umeed e roshni

    2 天 前


  42. Davin Kho

    Davin Kho

    2 天 前

    waw. Qatar fly those lions for free ?? damn. hats off qatar..

  43. Sukhvir Jhajj

    Sukhvir Jhajj

    2 天 前

    Good to see the lions get back to their place where they live their own life..freedom is freedom ..one breath in the freedom is much better than being captivated even in luxurious facilities..without lions nature’s cycle disturbed..save wildlife save lions..👍🙏🏻



    2 天 前

    Seen you after a very long time doing such a precious thing... well done everyone related to this ... stay blessed



    2 天 前

    Very long time...

  46. maisara najib

    maisara najib

    2 天 前

    im crying watching this

  47. Asif Razzaq

    Asif Razzaq

    2 天 前

    Qatar airways has really been amazing. Two of my relative families booked long haul flights, one with Turkish and the other with emirates. Both flights got canceled and it was a harsh process for refund. They both ended up booking with Qatar with a CHEAPER price and they had no problem at all. We have never had problems with Qatar, they are amazing.

  48. ZombieSlayerPixel


    2 天 前

    I was very sceptical and judgery untill i discovered ur actually saving them with this which I appreciate and support when i seen this video on my recommended page I thought they go to other country then homeland

  49. ZombieSlayerPixel


    2 天 前

    I hope the owner of those horrible zoo's die and go to hell

  50. Sadique Khan

    Sadique Khan

    2 天 前

    Warriors of wildlife god bless you all you are doing a great work.

  51. sonicbluidival


    2 天 前

    Everybody gangsta until they teach the lion how to fly a plane

  52. Crystal H

    Crystal H

    2 天 前

    Amazing story I hope more animals will be saved had me emotional

  53. Harris Gakis

    Harris Gakis

    2 天 前

    Tnx algorithm I really love to see lions travel

  54. Aakar M

    Aakar M

    3 天 前

    Great job by Qatar Airways for the generosity and the NGO for helping the lions ....

  55. iimxbl’s life

    iimxbl’s life

    3 天 前

    So glad they can be back finally where they live! Poor lions ❤️

  56. Devin H

    Devin H

    3 天 前

    Most airlines won’t even fly a pitbull let alone a lion

  57. Kim Salomio

    Kim Salomio

    3 天 前

    Ilove this videoo... ❤️❤️❤️✅

  58. krishna chand

    krishna chand

    3 天 前

    You guys did a great job by rescuing them. Kudos to you all.

  59. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover

    3 天 前

    God bless all of you for your involvement in such a good cause, Absolute respect to the freight coordinator for Qatar, heart of gold to get involved helping the lions!! Bless you all

  60. Saifan Islam

    Saifan Islam

    3 天 前

    It’s coming home.

  61. Trees Boom

    Trees Boom

    3 天 前

    God does exist. God bless every single one of those people who went the extra mile in life to help those lions who had suffered so much by human hands.

  62. Oshien Bonita

    Oshien Bonita

    3 天 前

    Finally! They are home. Thanks to those who get involved in this project ❤️🙏 most specially QATAR Airways-they make impossible things into POSSIBLE . GODBLESS

  63. Chaim Yidel

    Chaim Yidel

    3 天 前

    די לייב האט געביסען נחס פינגער רין די תיבה

  64. Visakh Bhat

    Visakh Bhat

    3 天 前

  65. jarrhead JA

    jarrhead JA

    3 天 前

    You could at least put them in a bigger cage

  66. Min Jie Ong

    Min Jie Ong

    3 天 前

    ❤️ Qatar Airways 🇶🇦 I want to use your flight when I have the chance to travel again

  67. Sarath Chandra

    Sarath Chandra

    3 天 前

    Hatsoff 🤷🤷😎🤏

  68. FLAGS


    3 天 前

    A vegetarian complaining about buying meat for the lions. Typical



    3 天 前

    When the women started crying in the last footage,that touched my heart

  70. Obs erver

    Obs erver

    3 天 前

    Good video and aesthetics except than everyone wearing masks is naturally making watching uncomfortable as if its suffocating.

  71. Beyond Balloons Namibia

    Beyond Balloons Namibia

    3 天 前

    I’m getting goose bumps

  72. jabeer ahmed

    jabeer ahmed

    3 天 前


  73. adam Hollis

    adam Hollis

    3 天 前


  74. mohamed imran

    mohamed imran

    3 天 前

    I never seen before like this video.

  75. Kristin West

    Kristin West

    3 天 前

    Hey this is kool Aww Babies hope use are happy all the love to you babies from New Zealand 🇳🇿♥️

  76. Nikunj Ghevariya

    Nikunj Ghevariya

    3 天 前

    It's not toys 💔

  77. Dawnelle Hammatt (Hammatt girls)

    Dawnelle Hammatt (Hammatt girls)

    3 天 前

    My question is why is the first officer wearing sunglasses during a flight? That should be a bit dangerous.

  78. P G

    P G

    4 天 前

    Cecil is dead because a american trophy hunter shot him in africa i am not supporting but atleast he was alive in the zoo

  79. Heart broken Editzz

    Heart broken Editzz

    4 天 前

    Cage too small

  80. Jordan Teh

    Jordan Teh

    4 天 前

    Amazing... the tears of joy .... well done Qatar Airways and those NGO who made it through behind the scene. home sweets home Lions...

  81. Merlin .

    Merlin .

    4 天 前

    Are we all just going to ignore the lion at 0:10 whose name is Alex , I think we all know him 😅

  82. Pubg Mobile noob

    Pubg Mobile noob

    4 天 前

    Don’t forget there crowns

  83. Halla


    4 天 前

    The cages look way too small

  84. Urooj Siddiqui

    Urooj Siddiqui

    4 天 前

    Nice video sam

  85. Daniel Sadjadian

    Daniel Sadjadian

    4 天 前

    Lovely Lions, great video Sam.

  86. Alli H

    Alli H

    4 天 前

    Sometimes a "like' seems so small a contribution to such an awe inspiring video. Thanks Sam and all the amazing people involved in this!

  87. AnimalsCentral


    4 天 前

    The Best Sam, you, the video, Qatar Airlines...all of it.

  88. Oscar Flores

    Oscar Flores

    4 天 前


  89. NASSER 99

    NASSER 99

    4 天 前

    Qatar Airways ❤️❤️

  90. nush Nush

    nush Nush

    4 天 前

    Literally im in tears when i saw them set free🥰😥😥.. Thank-you for doing this kind job🙏🏼 Qatar airlines is really amazing, I used this airlines few times and they did very excellent job, thank you for doing amazing jobs Qatar airlines and staff. I really owe a very big thank you to this airlines because they reunited me with my dog..😥😥🥰🥰🥰🙂



    4 天 前

    We as South Africans, we appreciate Qatar airways assistance on bringing these lions back home.

  92. Raymond Jimenez

    Raymond Jimenez

    4 天 前

    Damn atleast give them more space

  93. sankalp verma

    sankalp verma

    4 天 前

    This is how black people came to america