Turkish Cargo has performed another live-animal operation, this time uplifting an endangered griffon vulture, which became distressed on its annual migration.
The 1.5-year old rare griffon vulture named Dobrila, living in the Uvac canyon of Serbia, became exhausted while flying east on its seasonal migration route. After flying nearly 1,600 km the vulture landed in Sanliurfa, Turkey and was found by farmers. From there it was taken to a local Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
The griffon vulture underwent medical checks and reached its proper weight again it was released from the centre to continue flying on its migration route. When it was noticed that Dobrila, a member of the fowler family, couldn’t continue flying, the officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry established contact with the Serbian authorities using the tag and tracking number, available on its foot.
Following discussions between the officials of the two countries, it was decided to send Dobrila to the Biological Research Institute (Siniša Stanković) in Belgrade.
After having been carried to Serbia from Sanliurfa via Istanbul under the sponsorship of Turkish Cargo, as part of the carrier’s mission with respect to conservation, the griffon vulture was handed over to the Serbian officials during a ceremony attended by Tanju Bilgic, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Serbia, and Goran Trivan, the Minister of Environmental Protection of Serbia.
“Today is a very special day for Dobrila, because after months of rehabilitation, it will fly for the first time. We thank Turkish Cargo for their support,” says responsible biologist Irena Hrıbsek of the Foundation for the Protection of Birds of Prey.
Turkish Cargo, acting according to its vision #MissionRescue, previously transported four lions from Ukraine, which were struggling with hunger and suffering, to their natural habitat in Johannesburg.
Having an extensive flight network reaching more than 300 destinations in 124 countries around the world, Turkish Cargo says it takes the CITES and IATA LAR (IATA Live Animals Regulations) regulations as the reference, and implements all documentation, caging, labelling and marking rules, prescribed under these regulations, strictly in admission, storage and transportation processes during live animal transportation service it provides with maximum care.