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Roving displays to focus on butterflies

Visitors and park-goers may have a chance to learn more about the amazing butterflies commonly found in urban parks in Hong Kong at this year's Zoo Education Exhibition over the next five weeks.

The roving exhibition, "Butterflies in Hong Kong's Urban Parks", organised by the Leisure and Culture Services Department (LCSD), will be held at six parks from tomorrow (November 20) to December 27.

As well as promoting awareness of environmental protection, the exhibition aims to cultivate an interest in butterfly-watching among visitors.

The exhibition will introduce elements such as the body structure, life history, classification and species of butterflies.

In addition, the photos and descriptions of more than 30 butterfly species including swallowtails, whites and yellows, nymphs, browns, blues and skippers and their external features and characteristics will be on display.

An LCSD spokesman said that as butterflies were colourful with highly variable patterns, butterfly-watching was a lot of fun.

"After gaining more knowledge of the life and characteristics of butterflies, visitors' interest in butterfly-watching will surely be enhanced," he said.

The exhibition will be staged first at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday. Visitors to this exhibition can also join the "Behind-the-scenes" guided tours to gain access to the animal enclosures and the food preparation centre.

In the education room, they may touch the animal specimens, and children can take part in such activities as the butterfly jigsaw puzzle, butterfly colouring games and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens website's games.

The itinerary of the roving exhibition at five other locations is as follows:

Venue Period
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Hong Kong Park November 22 to 28

Kowloon Park November 29 to December 5

Tuen Mun Park December 6 to 12

Yuen Long Park December 13 to 19

Tai Po Waterfront Park December 20 to 27

The LCSD holds the Zoo Education Exhibition annually. Last year's exhibition, "Common Wild Birds Seen in Urban Parks", attracted about 6,000 visitors.

Ends/Friday, November 19, 2004
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