Virgin Australia had some very special guests onboard a recent flight when the Taronga Conservation Society asked them to transport 150 blue tailed skinks to their new home in Cocos Island.
Originally from Christmas Island, the blue tailed skinks (which are a type of lizard) were on the brink of extinction when the Taronga Conservation Society moved them to Taronga Zoo. Here they worked with other organisations, including Parks Australia, to nurture them and breed as many as possible.
Cocos Island was chosen as the skinks’ new home as it was deemed to have everything that they need to have a great life. The only challenge was getting them there, which is where Virgin Australia came in...
Virgin Australia transported the threatened species safely in the main cabin – a first for them – before they were released into the world for the first time in almost a decade.