On July 9, FedEx Custom Critical and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation commenced their joint efforts to transport hundreds of loggerhead sea turtle nests containing thousands of eggs to Florida’s Atlantic Coast, protecting the hatchlings from potential impacts of the oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
At the wheel for this special delivery are the husband and wife driving team of Ron and Margaret-Mary Shellito, who have more than 26 years of experience driving FedEx Custom Critical trucks for FedEx, with a focus on transporting temperature-controlled shipments. Between them, they have driven more than eight million miles without an accident.
Representatives from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation joined FedEx Custom Critical president and CEO Virginia Albanese to mark the occasion at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve.
In recent years, FedEx has become known for reliably transporting some of the world’s most precious cargo – from penguins and dolphins to pandas and sea otters. For the sea turtle egg rescue, FedEx has combined its animal shipment expertise with knowledge from the Unified Command Wildlife Branch to create a safe and secure transportation solution.
FedEx logistics experts are working with the Unified Command and its partner organizations to implement this complex relocation, which will continue throughout the summer hatching season. The full effort is expected to result in the relocation of as many as 70,000 sea turtle eggs.