At present, the Department has a collection of some 1,300
birds at four aviaries at the Hong
Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Hong
Kong Park, Kowloon Park
and Yuen Long Park.
The Department has been keeping close watch on the health
conditions of its bird collections. In response to the potential
threat of avian flu, the Department has taken the following
- The Department's veterinarian closely monitors the health
of the bird collections. Other precautionary measures taken
to ensure health condition of the bird collections include
increasing the frequency of testing faeces of birds, cleansing
of bird cages and suspending
the acquisition of birds.
- Presently, except some waterfowls being kept at Kowloon
all birds kept at the Department's four aviaries are completely
screened off from contact with wild birds. In addition,
action is in hand to provide covers and/or temporary sheds
to screen off the waterfowls completely within a short time
should there be an imminent need.
- Drill programmes on closing the aviaries are regularly
conducted to enhance operational preparedness.