PALFINGER: “Athos” the Rhino is Adopted


The Salzburg company takes over the sponsorship of the white rhinoceros at Salzburg Zoo. In the wild, rhinos are subject to widespread poaching because of their horn and are classified as an endangered species.


Since 2018, the world’s leading manufacturer of innovative crane and lifting solutions has been working together with Salzburg Zoo in Hellbrunn. Since the previous adopted animal “Niara” the cheetah moved to Stuttgart, a new animal had to be found. Athos has lived in Salzburg since 2012 and has already successfully produced offspring three times

Important rhino offspring

The rhino is contributing to maintaining the stock of a rapidly depleting species of rhinoceros. The northern white rhinoceros is already extinct. Southern white rhinoceros populations in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland are steadily declining due to poaching. “Having rhino offspring born in the safe environment of zoos can prove vital to the survival of the species,” emphasizes Andreas Klauser, CEO of PALFINGER AG.

A signal for biodiversity

One hundred years ago, the white rhinoceros was almost completely wiped out except for a herd of about 40 animals at the Umfolozi game reserve in South Africa. Starting from this group as well as rhinos in zoos, the number of white rhinoceroses increased to about 40,000 by the turn of the century. “What has succeeded with white rhinoceroses can succeed with other endangered species. By adopting Athos, PALFINGER is sending a clear and unmistakable signal for biodiversity and against poaching,” confirms Andreas Klauser.


The international mechanical engineering firm of PALFINGER is the global leader for innovative crane and lifting solutions. With more than 11,600 employees, 34 manufacturing sites and a worldwide network of dealerships and maintenance centers at over 5,000 locations, PALFINGER is always close to the customer.

As the leader in its engineering field, the company aims to ensure its partners’ business success in the long term by providing solutions and products that remain economically and ecologically viable in the future. Its broad product and model portfolio allows PALFINGER to take digitalization and the deployment of artificial intelligence to new levels.

As a global company with strong roots in its home region, PALFINGER is convinced that thinking and acting in the interests of sustainability play a vital role in successful business operations. This is why the company assumes social, ecological and economic responsibility along the entire value chain.

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999 and in 2020 achieved revenue of EUR 1.53 billion.


Katja Pötsch | Head of Public Relations | PALFINGER AG
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