History of Animal Transport

Have you ever wondered how and when did pet relocation all start? Since the beginning of time, animals have provided a mutually shared and beneficial relationship which has led to the need for transport. Whether by land, sea, or air animals have been relocated along with civilization. Noah’s Ark serves as a prime example. Throughout time, animals have played a critical role in companionship, protection, food, farming, transportation, and hunting purposes.

Here are some fun historical facts on the history of animal transportation:


Photo Courtesy of Space.com – Laika in Space

In 1493, Christopher Columbus brought horses, cattle, and pigs aboard his Second Voyage.

An English Springer Spaniel and a Mastiff were brought aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

In 1607, cattle and small livestock were carried by the Susan Constant as provisions for the colonists of the Virginia Colony.

A rooster, duck, and a sheep were the first hot air balloon passengers on September 19,  1783 in Versailles.

Camels were used for exploration purposes in Australia and played a critical role in the development of central Australia.

“Jumbo” the elephant traveled in a private train car while performing for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

KLM is the first airline to transport an animal. In 1924 KLM transported a bull from Rotterdam to Paris.

In 1932, the “Dog’s Palace” was created and attached to the running board of a car so that large family dogs could be transported and travel with families.

Animals were used and transported for use during World War I and World War II.

On June 14, 1949 a monkey became the first mammal in space. “Laika”, a husky mix, was aboard the Sputnik 2 as it was launched into space by the Soviet Union on November 3, 1957.

The largest live animal ever to be transported was “JJ” the Grey Whale weighing in at 19,140 lbs. Whales can be transported by sea with such devices as a floating pen or by air in a box.