The world’s fastest growing air cargo brand, Turkish Cargo, which provides services to 124 countries in the world, returned Dobrila, an endangered griffon, to Belgrade, its natural habitat.

Shepherds in the region of Pazarcık, Kahramanmaraş, found a wild bird on empty land and quickly informed the local gendarmerie. The exhausted bird was taken under care at the Turkish Republic Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry rehabilitation center in Şanlıurfa. Here, after carrying out an examination, it was discovered that this bird was a 1.5-year-old griffon, an endangered species. The bird also had a numbered ring on its foot, and due to this number it was possible to find out where the griffon had come from. 

The number on the ring showed that the griffon had traveled 1,600 kilometers; the bird called “Dobrila” had flown from the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, to Turkey. However, the bird was too exhausted to make the return journey. It was decided that the bird should be returned to its natural habitat; however, as the bird is of an endangered species, the delivery had to be carried out by experienced hands. 

It was decided that Turkish Cargo, the company that carries out Turkish Airlines air cargo activities and which has had success in transporting endangered animals, should take on this task, and the 1.5-year-old griffon was taken from Şanlıurfa to Belgrade free of charge. 

The griffon was taken from the rehabilitation center in Şanlıurfa and brought to Istanbul. It was then placed on a Turkish Cargo aircraft and transported to Belgrad Nikola Tesla Airport without any problems, and from there to Dobrila Airport. The wild bird was received here in a special ceremonial procession, which included the Serbian Minister of Agriculture and Husbandry and the Turkish ambassador to Belgrade. 

The bird was then transported to the natural habitat of the griffon, which is 250 km from Belgrade at a national park called Uvac Reserve. Before the bird was released, it was held in the care area to be rehabilitated. The griffon was released in Uvac Canyon on May 25 and safely returned to its natural habitat. 

Turkish Cargo, which has reached a fleet of 23 aircraft in 15 years, with the vision of #missionrescue is continuing to contribute to protecting wildlife and returning animals to their natural habitats that have been removed from them or which are depressed or endangered in their current living conditions. Turkish Cargo takes the necessary steps to ensure the animals’ physical and emotional well-being and to protect their rights. The global cargo carrier, which carries out safe and rapid cargo operations to 315 destinations in the world, has successfully transported race horses, domestic pets including different species of birds, cats, and dogs as well as wild animals like tigers, cheetahs, lynx, lions, and pumas. 

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