Tenerife-London, the first class journey of the gorilla Kiburi

He traveled over 3,000 kilometers in a DHL Express plane as part of an international breeding program for critically endangered species. Kiburi, an 18-year-old lowland gorilla, traveled from Tenerife’s Loro Parque Zoo to ZSL London Zoo receiving VIP treatment. You flew in a custom built crate supported by a dedicated team of vets, aeronautical engineers, safety teams. The animal, weighing 193 kilograms, enjoyed an in-flight meal of green leafy vegetables, leeks and banana and drank an iced fruit tea during the first class flight. Arrived in Great Britain, he slept at Heathrow airport before being welcomed at London Zoo.

The logistical effort

Roy Hughes, DHL Express EVP Network Operations & Aviation Europe, said: “Helping Kiburi relocate to London has been a huge privilege. The logistical effort behind transporting her was no mean feat, but our team of experts, working closely with ZSL London Zoo and Loro Parque, went above and beyond to ensure her journey was safe and comfortable . Everyone at DHL is very much involved in this conservation move and we can’t wait to see Kiburi enjoy his new home.”

Travel arrangements

It took almost four years to arrange this unique move. Kiburi will spend the next few weeks exploring his new home in the Kingdom of the Gorillas: A lush private island complete with hidden caves, a stream, and a giant jungle gym. Glynn Hennessy, Gorilla Keeper at ZSL London Zoo, said: “We are grateful to DHL for the first class assistance it has given to our oversized parcel during this carefully planned delivery.”