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Zoo education exhibition an excellent event for the holidays

     The Christmas and New Year holidays are around the corner. Are you thinking of activities that can both relax yourself and enrich your knowledge? The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is inviting the public to visit the annual "Zoo Education Exhibition 2012 - The Most Extreme Animals in the World" roving exhibition.

     Besides visiting the exhibition, members of the public can also visit the interesting scenic spots in various parks.

     "Through the exhibition, we hope to arouse public interest in animal ecology and enhance public awareness of nature conservation," a spokesman for the department said.

     The exhibition will be held at Tuen Mun Park, Yuen Long Park, Tai Po Waterfront Park and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (HKZBG) from today (December 24) to January 20 next year. The exhibition was held earlier in Kowloon Park and Hong Kong Park.

     "Display panels well illustrated with lively photos and featuring information about 20 of the most extreme animals in the sea and the sky as well as on land will be put up in parks. Members of the public can learn more about the dimensions, weight, height and speed of these amazing animals," the spokesman said.

     "They are shown with other interesting information about animals, like which animal on land is the largest or which snake is the fastest moving, on the display panels," he added.

     While touring around the roving exhibition, members of the public are welcome to visit various specialised facilities introducing the animals in the parks. Visitors will not only enrich their knowledge on nature conservation, but also spend an extraordinary Christmas holiday.

     The Reptile House in Tuen Mun Park has both indoor terraria and a courtyard terrarium displaying various species of reptiles. Most of the reptiles are endangered species, such as the black pond turtle, the radiated tortoise, the pig-nosed turtle, the flat-backed spider tortoise, the spurred tortoise, the spider tortoise, the black and white tegu and the mangrove monitor.

     It also has some reptile specimens, with textual and pictorial information, on display. Visitors can learn more about the distribution of each individual species in the world, its habitat and its diet.

     Moreover, visitors to the HKZBG will be impressed by some 70 mammals, 300 birds and over 50 reptiles breeding in the park. They include endangered species like the buff-cheeked gibbon, the red-crowned crane and the Chinese alligator. Visitors may also make use of the chance to visit the education and exhibition centre there to learn more about the characteristics of these animals.

     Apart from characteristic facilities in these parks, the Insect House at Tai Po Waterfront Park exhibits various insect specimens. An amazing variety of precious birds in the Aviary Pagoda including the black-naped oriole, the silver-eared mesia and the Mount Omei liocichla will also win the hearts of visitors to Yuen Long Park.

     "To celebrate the festive season, do come and visit the Zoo Education Exhibition and the specialised animal facilities in the parks with your family members and friends. You can relax yourself and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life while at the same time broaden your horizons. It is surely an excellent activity that you should not miss," the spokesman said.

     Details of the roving exhibition are as follows:

Venue                   Period
-----                   ------

Tuen Mun Park           December 24 to 30
(Reptile House)

Yuen Long Park          December 31 to January 6
(Aviary Entrance)

Tai Po Waterfront Park  January 7 to 13
(Pavilion near
Insect House)

Hong Kong Zoological    January 14 to 20
and Botanical Gardens

     For enquiries, please call 2723 6047.

Ends/Monday, December 24, 2012
Issued at HKT 11:58



A radiated tortoise in the Reptile House at Tuen Mun Park. 

A mangrove monitor in the Reptile House at Tuen Mun Park.


There are some 70 mammals in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, including the buff-cheeked gibbon.


A black-naped oriole in the Aviary Pagoda at Yuen Long Park.





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