Bears in the air: DHL flies two Himalayan brown bears to their new homes

January 14, 2021 - 07:04
Bears in the air: DHL flies two Himalayan brown bears to their new homes

  • Thetwo highly-endangered bears are settling in Al Ma'wa for Nature and Wildlife inJordan after a temperature-controlled multimodal journey from Islamabad
  • DHL took care of the customs clearance and logistics,while global animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS provided animal expertise


SINGAPORE- Media OutReach - 14 January 2021 - Bublooand Suzie, two 17-year old highly-endangered Himalayan brown bears, took theflight of a lifetime and have safely arrived at Al Ma'wa for Nature andWildlife in Jordan. After months of extensive preparation, which includedhealth checks, planning of routes, customs clearance and training for thebears, DHL Global Forwarding and FOUR PAWS, a global animal welfareorganization, brought Bubloo and Suzie to their new home on 17 December.


"Being able to leverage our logistics expertise,temperature-controlled capabilities and customs clearance solutions to helpanimals, such as Bubloo and Suzie, relocate brings another perspective to ourmission of "Connecting People, Improving Lives". The successful move, like somany others that we have done, might have required more elaborate planning but broughtthe teams so much satisfaction. We are glad that the bears are settling intheir new home in time to ring in the New Year," said Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHLGlobal Forwarding Asia Pacific.


The freight forwarding specialist of DeutschePost DHL Group managed the logistics of flying the animals, while veterinaryspecialists from FOUR PAWS, who accompanied them on the same flight, providedinsights to make the journey comfortable for the bears. DHL chauffeured Bublooand Suzie, weighing 120 kilograms and 90 kilograms respectively, to the IslamabadInternational Airport in custom-built cages that adhere to the InternationalAir Transport Association's regulations. From there, they boarded their flightto Jordan with a short layover in Doha.


"We are pleased to report that, after theirfirst-class flight experience that ended at the Queen Alia InternationalAirport, Bubloo and Suzie are thriving in their new home. The months of detailedplanning with DHL in coordination with local Pakistan officials and thefinancial help of American businessman Eric S. Margolis, have paid off as thebears begin to build their new lives at Al Ma'wa for Nature and Wildlife, asanctuary run by the Princess Alia Foundation and FOUR PAWS," said Dr. AmirKhalil, FOUR PAWS veterinarian and leader of the rescue mission.


On 30 November, DHL and FOUR PAWS relocated Kaavan,also known as the world's loneliest elephant, from the Marghazar Zoo inIslamabad to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary. In previous years, DHLsuccessfully helped fourgrown endangered Ussuri brown bears travel across continents from Japan toEngland, and sent twogiant pandas on a climate-neutral journey from China to Finland.


Note to editors:

Kaavan, a 36-year old Asianelephant, was the first-ever adult elephant that was flown out of Pakistan. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at thelogistics that moved the Asian elephant, which was kept captive for decades ina Pakistan Zoo, to a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary to live out its days incomfort and good company.

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