Relocating the lion cubs and threatened penguins to their new home, Turkish Cargo stood by the wildlife.


By a well-done operation, Turkish Cargo relocated the Humboldt Penguins, one of the 11 penguin species threatened with extinction due to the unfavorable circumstances resulting from the climate change, to the Public Oceanic Aquarium in China from the Riga Zoo.

Turkish Cargo, the thriving sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, a flag carrier airline, not only achieves the satisfaction of its customers thanks to the special cargo transportation service, it offers at 120 countries worldwide, but also contributes to survival of the wildlife.

The air cargo carrier just transported the 20 Humboldt Penguins threatened with extinction and listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), affiliated to the United Nations, from Latvia (RIX) to China (PVG) on a connecting flight via Istanbul.

The penguins, picked up from the Riga Zoo, were delivered healthfully to the officers of the Public Oceanic Aquarium, which is located in China and is one of the largest aquariums in Asia, by means of connecting flight via Istanbul. The Penguins, transported to China as accompanied by the Turkish Cargo's IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) certificated personnel and veterinarian, will be conserved under better conditions for survival of their species there.

Penguins are not the sole wild species transported safely to their new home by Turkish Cargo.  The air cargo carrier transported 6 lion cubs, accompanied by the IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) certificated keepers and veterinarian, to Bangladesh (DAC), 14 adult lions to China, victoriously and healthfully.

By ratifying the "United For Wildlife (Buckingham Palace) Declaration (UFW)" during the recent months for the purpose of preventing illegal wildlife trade and increasing the industrial awareness thereto, Turkish Airlines has highlighted its cognizance of the live animal transportation processes and animal rights. 

In respect of the live animal transportation service, it offers to its customers at 120 countries worldwide, Turkish Cargo takes the IATA LAR regulations as the reference for the acceptance, storage and shipment processes, and strictly implements the documentation, packing, labeling and marking guidelines, as described under the said regulations, during the course of performance of the live animal transportation process.