With its rich and diversified natural resources, tropical rainforests are home to more than half the world's animals. People will have a chance to learn more about these animals by visiting an annual roving exhibition staged from tomorrow (December 13) in the new Education and Exhibition Centre of the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the roving exhibition will be held in six major parks from tomorrow to January 18, 2009. It aims to provide more information on tropical rainforest and rainforest animals in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, enhancing people's interest in visiting the park.
Like other zoos in the world, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is keen on animal conservation. It has recorded a string of successes with captive breeding of some endangered species of rainforest animals, such as Bornean orangutan, golden lion tamarin, ring-tailed lemur and buff-cheeked gibbon.
The roving exhibition will first be held at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday (December 14). Educational talks on tropical rainforests will be organised for visitors. Children can join activities specially designed for them, including guided tours, matching games and puzzles.
The exhibition will also be held in five other parks. The schedule is as follows:
Hong Kong Park December 15-21
Kowloon Park December 22-28
Tuen Mun Park December 29, 2008
to January 4, 2009
Yuen Long Park January 5-11, 2009
Tai Po Waterfront January 12-18, 2009
Apart from exhibitions, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens has been organising guided tours and educational talks for schools and organisations to promote animals and plants conservation. An average of 10,000 students benefit from these activities every year. With the completion of a new Education and Exhibition Centre, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens will continue to take an active role in educating the public.
The new Education and Exhibition Centre occupies an area of about 120 square metres, which is three times larger than the original education room. It is well-equipped with visual and audio equipment. With the display of specimens of various species, visitors are provided with more information on animals and plants, thus enhancing their awareness of protecting them.
Ends/Friday, December 12, 2008
The new Education and Exhibition Centre of Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens provides more information on animals and plants to enhance public awareness on animals and plants conservation
The golden lion tamarin is a member of the rainforest animal family.
A ring-tailed lemur, one of the endangered rainforest animals that the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens bred