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Moving Zoo Animals

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Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in:
Growth Story

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Chris Danhauer used his experience as a zoo keeper to fill a niche and build a thriving business. He started his company, Planned Migration to help zoos transport animals. He used his experience to leverage his relationships with many zoos in the country and now when they need to transport animals from one zoo to another -- he is the one they call.

Danhaur’s trips usually take less than 24 hours total. Price varies by distance and type of animal. Moving a small antelope a short distance could cost as little as $500. But moving an elephant hundreds of miles could cost up to $12,000.

The first five years of business were somewhat lean. As Danhauer's reputation grew, so did his profits. But this isn't the kind of business that can grow exponentially, he noted, because the number of zoos in the country is somewhat finite. And zoos located in cities often don't have room to grow.



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