Turkish Cargo relocates koala to leafy green UK home

Yani in her new home. Photo: Turkish Cargo

Turkish Cargo has relocated an endangered koala from Hong Kong to a new home in the UK equipped with green space and companions.

The carrier, which holds IATA CEIV Live Animals certification, took on the role of sponsor carrier, in accordance with IATA LAR (Live Animal Regulations).

Yani, born in Australia and later brought to Hong Kong, was left alone after the other koalas she lived with at the park passed away.

Deprived of socialisation and opportunities to continue her species due to South Australia’s biosecurity regulations, it was decided that the most suitable place for Yani to continue her life would be the Longleat Safari Park in the UK.

After obtaining all the necessary permits for Yani’s transfer, a flight plan requiring extreme sensitivity and care was developed from Hong Kong to the UK, said Turkish Cargo.

Longleat park officials reached out to Turkish Cargo for assistance in this journey.

“With meticulous planning for every detail of the operation, Turkish Cargo successfully executed Yani’s transfer via an Istanbul layover, in accordance with IATA LAR (Live Animal Regulations). After arriving in the United Kingdom, Yani was placed in quarantine for a period and, following all health checks, was introduced to her new companions,” said Turkish Cargo.

Turkish Cargo has a 500 sq m handling area for animals at its SMARTIST automated terminal within Istanbul Airport.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]