Thursday, 6 March 2014

DHL transports two giant pandas from Chengdu, China to Belgium

International courier and worldwide freight forwarding company DHL has recently supported the relocation of two four year old giant pandas from a Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu, China to their new home in Brugelette, Belgium.

The two creatures – Hao Hao, a female and Xing Hui, a male – made the 8,000 kilometre journey last week on a DHL Boeing 767, accompanied by two animal handlers, a veterinary physician and over 100 kilograms of bamboo. They left China on 22nd February and arrived in Belgium a day later. The pandas are expected to spend 15 years at Pairi Daiza, a 55 acre garden in Brugelette, where they will live in their own specially designed Chinese garden. A special breeding and research programme for the bears, initiated by Pairi Daiza and the University of Ghent, aims to avert the future extinction of this much loved endangered species.

"DHL jumped at the chance to support the delivery of our two Very Important Pandas - Hao Hao and Xing Hui - from China to Belgium," said Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President, Global Network Operations, DHL Express, "We have supported a number of conservation projects in recent years, including the return of nine silverback gorillas from the UK to the wild in Gabon and the delivery of two rare Sumatran tigers from the Australia and the US to ZSL London Zoo for a breeding program. Safely transporting these beautiful but endangered animals furthers our own commitment to supporting conservation and environmental causes around the world..”

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