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  1. Lifestyle - Books - NATURE

    Book review: The World's Rarest Birds, by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash and Robert Still

    Posted May 26th 2013, 12:00am by DAVID DISKIN

    ... species are threatened with extinction. Of these, 197 are critically endangered, 389 are endangered and the remaining four can only be found in captivity. These 590 species are the focus ... however modestly, in its aim of increasing awareness of these threatened species- and of birds like the great knot that may well become endangered in the near future given the unsustainable path ...

  2. Comment - Letters

    Get tough with smugglers of endangered species

    Posted Sep 18th 2013, 12:00am

    ... Courts must get tough with smugglers of endangered species I concur with Anna Beech of Civic Exchange (" A tusk force ", September 6). Hong Kong has a long history as a key transit point for the trade in endangered species. Not only are ivory and rhino horns regularly discovered smuggled through Hong Kong to the mainland (which experts believe takes about 70 per cent ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - ANIMAL RIGHTS

    Cousins' illustrations draw attention to plight of endangered species

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Cheng

    ... Jennifer Cheng jennifer.cheng@scmp.com Designers use jewellery and key chains to raise awareness of animal cruelty and exploitation Cousins draw attention to endangered animals' ... endangered animals and two Hong Kong cousins- both aged 24- are doing their part to draw public attention to the relatively unknown creatures. Tsui Cheeyee and Aimee Mak Hoeyin paired up to become ...

  4. News - China

    Yellow-breasted bunting 'endangered' as Guangdong diners refuse to stop eating it

    Posted Nov 25th 2013, 04:08pm by Li Jing

    ... decline in the protected species' numbers over the past decade. The bird was today listed as endangered by the main global body that categorises the survival status of the planet's species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The union has two higher categories- critical and extinct in the wild- before a species is deemed extinct. Guangdong made the bird a key ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong customs seize over HK$10m in illegal ivory

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 02:57pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit Customs officials have confiscated HK$10.6 million worth of ivory in a cargo from Africa, in the third large seizure of the banned product in three months, they said on Friday. Officers discovered the 779 pieces of elephant tusk, weighing abo ...

  6. News - World - NATURE

    Endangered blobfish voted the world’s ugliest animal

    Posted Sep 14th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... conservation." The blobfish will now be the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, an association of stand-up comedians who champion endangered but visually unappealing species. ... the world's ugliest animal. More than 3,000 people contributed to an online poll aimed at raising awareness of unsightly species that play an important role in the ecological web. The blobfish, ...

  7. News - World

    Fifth of reptile species are 'facing extinction'

    Posted Feb 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Fifth of reptile species are 'facing extinction' Almost one in five of the world's reptile species are in danger of extinction as their habitats are cleared away for farming and logging, a report said on Friday. An assessment of 1,500 randomly selected species of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and other reptiles found that 19 per cent ...

  8. Comment - Blogs

    It's hammer time: video of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other species protected under CITES

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 06:42pm by Christy Choi

    ... on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, effectively banning international trade unless shipments are accompanied by documentation showing they were caught legally. More than two dozen species of shark are officially endangered, and over 100 considered vulnerable or near threatened. Sharks, like manta rays, are considered valuable ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    They're spiritual creatures, says restaurateur who saved endangered turtle from pot

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... that it was a five-figure sum. Hawksbill turtles are categorised as critically endangered and they are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' red list of threatened species. Ng said he would buy and release rare or other impressive specimens when he saw them. Once he bought a giant grouper- also for a five-figure sum- from a customer. "I feel it was worth ...

  10. Comment - Blogs

    Hello dodo: bringing species back from extinction

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 09:21pm by Christy Choi

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com While protecting endangered species was the hot topic last week, the folks at National Geographic had something else on their minds: could extinct ... woodpecker—the bucardo is only one in the long list of animals humans have driven extinct, sometimes deliberately. And with many more species now endangered, the bucardo will have much more company ...




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