Many of us are in the mood for love during the Christmas and New Year period and would not hesitate to lavish our loved ones with sweet words, thoughtful gifts or a fabulous dinner. Did you know that birds are also capable of showing their love to their mates in different ways?
By visiting the "Know more about the Animal World" roving exhibition organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), you will find out that singing is one of the most common ways for a pair of birds to form a bond. Some birds may also court a mate by giving elaborate displays of their plumage or body, just as peacocks fan out their tail feathers. Physical movements, from dives and wing flaps to head dips, can be part of a courtship ritual, while birds may also gently preen one another and even build eye-catching nests to attract a mate.
More information about the behaviours of birds and other animals is available at the exhibition currently being held at Tuen Mun Park. Through a series of informative panels, members of the public can learn more about the classification and habitats of animals, and their predatory and courtship behaviours and reproduction. This will help enhance their awareness of conservation of animals and nature as well as the importance of protecting the environment.
The roving exhibition, held at Kowloon Park and Hong Kong Park earlier, will be staged at Tai Po Waterfront Park and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens after its current display at Tuen Mun Park. The schedule is as follows:
Tuen Mun Park December 19 to
Tai Po Waterfront Park January 2 to 15
Hong Kong Zoological January 16 to February 5
and Botanical Gardens
While visiting this annual roving exhibition, members of the public can also take the opportunity to enjoy the relaxing environment in the parks and visit the animals there.
The Reptile House of Tuen Mun Park is the first of its kind managed by the LCSD, with its indoor terraria and a courtyard terrarium displaying various species of reptiles, such as the carpet python, the frill-necked lizard, the veiled chameleon, the tokay gecko, the star tortoise and the blue-tongued skink. Besides textual and pictorial information, there are also some reptile specimens on display.
Visitors will be impressed by some 300 birds and 70 mammals as well as over 50 reptiles breeding in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. They may also make use of the chance to visit the education and exhibition centre in the Gardens. Those going to the Tai Po Waterfront Park may also drop by the Insect House, which features various specimens.
Come and visit the exhibition during the holidays with your loved ones and learn more about our animal world.
Ends/Sunday, December 25, 2011
Common shelducks and their little ones enjoy a swim in the pond at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
The adorable black-and-white ruffed lemur in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens has black and white patches on its limbs, head and back.
A blue-tongued skink at Tuen Mun Park.