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Roving exhibition to introduce rare, endangered primates

Visitors will have a chance to learn more about rare primates at the roving Zoo Education Exhibition to be launched tomorrow (November 26) at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (HKZBG).

They can also participate in fun-filled activities such as visiting the animal enclosures and the food preparation centre when attending the exhibition at the HKZBG.

Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the roving exhibition will be held at six major parks until January 22, 2006.

The exhibition will introduce the primates collection kept at the HKZBG, their characteristics and behaviour, with a view to enhancing the visitors' knowledge of the mammals.

The HKZBG is the only LCSD venue which keeps primates. Presently, the primates kept there are all rare and endangered species, with a rich diversity of more than 40 animals from 11 species.

They include the Family Lemuridae, Family Cebidae, Family Callitrichidae, Family Cercopithecidae, Family Hylobatidae (Lesser Apes) and Family Pongidae (Great Apes).

Apes and monkeys belong to the order Primates. The common characteristics of the majority of Primates include being arboreal and having relatively large brains, grasping hands and feet, flat nails instead of sharp claws, opposable thumbs that can grab and forward-looking eyes with stereoscopic vision.

The roving exhibition, with a different theme each year, is an annual event staged by the department.

This year's exhibition entitled "Primates Collection in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens" will show the distribution, habitats, behaviour, diets and conservation status of the primates by a collection of interesting photos and informative descriptions.

After learning more about the life and characteristics of the primates, visitors' interest will be enhanced when seeing them in real life at the HKZBG.

The exhibition will first be held at the HKZBG from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and on Sunday (November 27).

Visitors to the exhibition can join the "Behind-the-Scene" guided tours to gain access to the animal enclosures and the food preparation centre at the HKZBG.

In the education room, they can touch the animal specimens, and children can take part in activities such as the primates matching game and colouring game.

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

Venue Period
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Hong Kong Park December 19 to 27

Kowloon Park December 28 to
January 1, 2006

Tuen Mun Park January 2 to 8, 2006

Yuen Long Park January 9 to 15, 2006

Tai Po Waterfront Park January 16 to 22, 2006

Last year’s exhibition, “Butterflies in Hong Kong’s Urban Parks”, attracted about 6,800 visitors to its two-day display at the HKZBG.

Ends/Friday, November 25, 2005
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