TNT Express to transport twin pandas to China

 

Spanish-born panda twins Po and DeDe


16 May 2013
- TNT Express is to transport twin panda brothers from Madrid to Chengdu, six years after bringing their parents from China to Spain. The 2.5 year old Po and De De are among the few pandas born in captivity outside China.

TNT Express’ special services teams have made thorough preparations to ensure a safe and comfortable journey, including customised routes and temperature controlled vehicles. Po and De De will leave Madrid on 16 May around 4:00 pm local time. They will board an air-conditioned truck that will take them to Amsterdam. They will then fly to Chengdu and spend a few hours at the airport before reaching their destination, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Delivery is scheduled for 18 May in the afternoon. A Madrid veterinarian will accompany the bears during the trip.

In September 2007, TNT Express transported Po and De De’s parents Hua Zuiba and Bing Xing from Chengdu to Madrid as part of a giant panda loan programme. The giant panda is listed as endangered in the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN’s) Red List of Threatened Animals. There are about 1600 left in the wild. About 341 giant pandas live in captivity (breeding centers and zoos), 44 live in zoos outside of China.

 

Page publication date: 16 May 2013 10:45 CET