The population of some animals, including the Bornean orangutan, red-crowned crane and Chinese alligator, are gradually decreasing due to changes in their habitats and massive hunting. These endangered animals may eventually become extinct if they not given protection in time.
To enhance public awareness, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) have jointly organised an educational exhibition to be held at the LCSD's six main parks.
The annual roving exhibition, this year entitled "Learn More About Endangered Animals", will be held from tomorrow (November 21) to January 3, 2010. Admission is free and visitors will have a chance to find out more about the endangered animals, especially those species kept in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
Zoos around the world have been playing a vital role in preserving animals in imminent danger of extinction. The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens has recorded a string of successes with captive breeding of some endangered species such as the ring-tailed lemur, black and white ruffed lemur, buff-cheeked gibbon, Hawaiian goose and red-crowned crane.
The AFCD controls the international trade in Hong Kong of endangered animal and plant species through a licensing system and law enforcement. It also promotes public awareness of endangered species protection.
The roving exhibition will first be held at the education and exhibition centre of the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens from tomorrow to November 29. A series of activities will be arranged for visitors from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and on November 22, including educational talks that aim to strengthen people's knowledge of endangered animals, the "Endangered Animals Journey", and "Searching Endangered Animals" matching games and puzzle games which are specially designed for children.
The exhibition will be held later at five other parks. The schedule is as follows:
Hong Kong Park November 30 to December 6
Yuen Long Park December 7 to 13
Tuen Mun Park December 14 to 20
Tai Po Waterfront December 21 to 27
Kowloon Park December 28, 2009 to
January 3, 2010
Ends/Friday, November 20, 2009
The black and white ruffed lemur is one of the endangered species that the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens has successfully bred.
Buff-cheeked gibbons live in family groups comprising a monogamous breeding pair and one or two youngsters.
The population of red-crowned cranes has been diminishing gradually due to destruction of wetlands by human development. Less than 2,000 of these birds are left on Earth.