Friday November 5th, 2010
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the UK’s number one domestic airline, is flying 10 stump-tailed macaque monkeys from Edinburgh to Southampton today, as part of an initiative by Monkey World to relocate them to its Dorset centre.
The 10 South Asian monkeys will fly with Flybe from Edinburgh to Southampton on Flybe’s Embraer 195 jet aircraft and then be transported by road to their new home at Monkey World. Each primate will have its own IATA-approved carrying box to ensure they travel in comfort and safety and will be accompanied by Dr Alison Cronin, Monkey World’s Director.
Flybe’s cargo operation is no stranger to transporting rare species with previous special passengers having included ospreys, seals, Blondie the albino hedgehog who was flown to Guernsey; a sextet of rare Australian ‘big belly’ seahorses to the Deep Sea World Aquarium in Edinburgh and, from Inverness, consignments of live langoustine to markets in Spain from the Highlands and Islands.
Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer Mike Rutter, comments: “As the UK’s number one domestic airline and the largest scheduled carrier flying out of 39 UK airports,we have grown something of a reputation for our expertise in carrying rare and precious cargo from various locations across the country.
“Flybe is strongly committed to the communities it serves and so we are always happy to look at helping support organisations such as Monkey World with its crucial rehabilitation programmes.”
Throughout today’s relocation, the animals’ trip will be filmed for ‘Monkey Life’, a television series based around Monkey World’s ongoing work in the conservation and rehabilitation of monkeys from around the world.Dr Cronin said of the operation: “We are so pleased to be able to give ‘Wilmot’ and his nine ladies a more natural life for their remaining years at Monkey World. Relocation can be a stressful time for anyone, so I was really happy that Flybe offered to help ‘Wilmot’ and his troop to have a quick and stress-free journey. Flybe even sent the boxes ahead of time so the monkeys could get accustomed to them! The Flybe journey is the perfect start to these monkey’s new lives.”