- Group of four
bears to their new home 9,000 km away
- Variety of
temperature-control measures, including 10°C trucks, kept the bears from
climate-related stress throughout the journey
TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 5 August 2018 -
Four of Hokkaido's endangered
Ussuri brown bears - Riku, Kai, Hanako and Amu - have safely migrated to their new home in the United Kingdom's Yorkshire
Wildlife Park, transported with utmost care during the 9,000km journey by DHL
Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road
endangered Ussuri brown bear, also known as the black grizzly bear, is found in
many regions in the world but they are extinct across parts of Asia. Reported
to be 10,000 left in Japan, the bears are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened
Species due to their vulnerability to habitat loss, illegal hunting and
capture, and being poached for body parts and skins.
Ussuri brown bear can weigh up to 550kg and requires temperatures to be
maintained as closely as possible to their native climate in northern Japan and
As such, purpose-built crates that could fit into the aircraft were produced
for each of the bears to ensure they were comfortable throughout the trip.
from Hokkaido, the bears' voyage saw them travel via special
temperature-controlled trucks chilled to 10°C for the journey to the New Chitose
Airport in Hokkaido. From the Hokkaido airport, they were flown to Haneda Airport
in Tokyo, Japan, where they boarded a connecting flight to Heathrow Airport, London.
A veterinarian and an animal handler travelled alongside the precious cargo, as
maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for the bears was of paramount
shipment of live animals, particularly those with such unique needs as the
Ussuri brown bears, requires extensive planning and collaboration between various
parties," said Charles Kaufmann, President/Representative Director -- Japan K.K
and CEO, North Asia, DHL Global Forwarding. "We're proud to be able to play a
critical role in bringing to bear our full set of competencies, from rapid
multimodal freight to customs clearance of sensitive cargos, in relocating
these four magnificent creatures to their new world-class home, along with the
team at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Having our own offices at both the New Chitose
and Haneda airports, as well as a dedicated temperature-controlled 10-ton truck
required for this project, enabled us to provide an ideal solution for this intricate
Global Forwarding worked closely with the Park to plan and orchestrate the complex
voyage, optimizing and customizing transport routes and modes respectively. The
company also provided expedited customs clearance for the bears' arrival in
London while Park staff managed final leg of the journey from the airport to
their new home.
bears, ranging from 17 to 27 years old, will spend the rest of their lives in
the care of expert handlers at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, a world leader in
endangered species welfare which also hosts one of the largest polar bear conservation
projects in the world.
The park and its Foundation support conservation and welfare projects
all around the world - from the critically endangered Amur leopard in Russia,
the black rhino in East Africa to the lemurs of Madagascar.
temperature-controlled environments were a necessity for the bears' welfare
along the voyage," said John Minion, CEO, Yorkshire Wildlife Park. "DHL took utmost care to ensure the animals
arrived with as little stress and risk to their health as possible -- no mean
feat for such a lengthy and complex journey. The bears will be the first
residents in a new Rehabilitation Centre at the Park - a 2.5-acre specialist
reserve which has been designed for short to mid-term housing of carnivores who
have been rehomed - before moving into their permanent home at the Park. We are
excited to prepare the bears for their new home where they will receive the
lifelong care they need."
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