Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Despite its urban environment, the Hong Kong Zoological
and Botanical Gardens (HKZBG), is a 5.6-hectare "green lung" overlooking
Central District, and provides a viable conservation centre for
17 endangered species of mammal, bird and reptile. The bird collection
is one of the most comprehensive in Asia, with more than 600 birds
of 190 species. More than 14 of these species have reared offspring.
The mammal collection specialises in primates, with 69 exhibits
representing 19 species.
|The bird collection of HKZBG
is one of the most comprehensive in Asia.
More than 750 species of tree, shrub, creeper
and foliage plant thrive in the HKZBG, while the medicinal plant
collection established in 1987 and a new greenhouse built in 1993
continue to generate particular interest. These facilities contain
about 500 species of herb, orchid, fern, bromeliad, carnivorous
and indoor plants.
There are on-going programmes to upgrade the animal
enclosure and facilities.
Zoological collections are also housed in other
major parks including the Hong Kong Park, Kowloon Park, Tuen Mun
Park and Yuen Long Park.
Zoo and Horticulture Education
The Zoo and Horticulture Education programmes
for school groups continue to be very popular. Some 22,850 primary
students from 603 schools took part in zoo education projects,
while 11,441 students from 316 schools joined in the horticulture
education programmes. Additionally, 26 conservation courses were
held for 718 Girl Guides and 26 horticultural courses organised
for the public were attended by a total of 780 enthusiasts.
An exhibition at HKZBG in November to promote
wildlife conservation in urban parks attracted 5,000 people of
all ages. Roving exhibitions were also held at Hong Kong Park,
Kowloon Park, Tuen Mun Park, Yuen Long Park and Tai Po Waterfront
In addition, a total of 15 outreach promotional
programmes, including horticultural talks and demonstrations, were
introduced to schools and voluntary agencies. All got encouraging
Horticulture and Landscape Services
Since the department is responsible for improving
the urban environment and landscape provision, the latest horticultural
and arboricultural information has been collated for updating relevant
policies and guidelines. The department also regularly reviews
its practices to achieve a high management and maintenance standard
for community amenities.
To continue the greening of Hong Kong, the department
closely monitors the implementation of master tree-planting plans
in all districts. Emphasis is placed on preserving existing trees,
nurturing new ones and carrying out compensatory tree planting
on development sites. During the year, more than 8,000 trees were
The department is also responsible for vetting
the landscape provisions of all new public works projects to ensure
that maximum planting and high quality landscape work are provided.
During the year, landscape improvement works were carried out on
32 hectares of existing LCSD venues and roadside amenity areas.
|Flower baskets on lamp posts
in Causeway Bay add colour and cheer to the