Letters to the Editor, April 6, 2013

Chimpanzees are at serious risk from poachers. Photo: AP

The proposal to build a sports complex at the Kai Tak site has proved to be controversial. I think if a new sports complex is to be constructed in Hong Kong, the location should be changed.

Saturday, 6 April, 2013, 4:02am 30 comments

Apes suffer midlife blues too, research suggests

He won't be buying a sports car just yet. Photo: Reuters

Chimpanzees in a midlife crisis? It sounds like the set-up for a joke.

But there it is, in the title of a report published on Monday in a scientific journal: "Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes."

So what do these apes do? Buy red Ferraris? Leave their mates for some cute young bonobos?

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Orang-utans and their mother are still far from being a family

Hong Kong's Borneo orang-utan twins turned one last week, and are starting to connect with their mother. But they are still far from being intimate.

The pair, a male and a female, born on July 8 last year at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, were rejected by their mother Raba for several months.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Channel hop

The Vietnam conflict was the 'television war', so called because it marked the first time TV played a significant role in shaping American public opinion about warfare. Without the violence of battle being beamed into the living rooms of Middle America on a nightly basis, the conflict might have dragged on even longer than its 19 years.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Orang-utans getting closer to mum

Starting today, the public will be able to see a boy-girl pair of Borneo orang-utan twins at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens for the first time since the birth of the great apes in July.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

How computer games are the key to happy animals

Ready for a game? You will be shown a sequence of five different pictures. Sometimes the pictures are abstract shapes, sometimes faces. Sometimes the faces are rotated. Memorise them: you have five seconds. Go!

Now tell me what they are in the correct sequence with 20 pictures to choose from.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Saving the forest for Borneo's great apes

When Willie Smits walks through the rain forest in Borneo, Indonesia, giant adult orang-utans - with arm spans of up to two metres - come out of the trees and hug him. Then they go back into the dense forest.

'They never forget what I did for them,' he said. Years ago, he saved some of those orang-utans' homes from deforestation.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fighting for the red and green

Indonesia's orang-utans never forget a face, particularly that of their old friend and environmentalist Willie Smits.

Smits has released more than 1,000 of the red-haired apes back into the wild in east and central Kalimantan on Borneo as well as in Sulawesi province over the past 20 years.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lending them a hand

Orang-utans are often smuggled from Indonesia's forests. They are transported through Hong Kong onto the mainland to serve as pets or exotic food. Their habitat has also dwindled so there are fewer apes in the wild than ever before.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Runaway gibbon captured safely

An endangered gibbon escaped from Central's Zoological and Botanical Gardens on Wednesday.

The 10-year-old gibbon sneaked out at 10.45am while its cage was being cleaned.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Worker blamed for gibbon's escape

The escape of a gibbon that scampered around Central for two hours on Wednesday before being recaptured has been blamed on a worker's mistake.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ape roams Mid-Levels after escape from zoo

An endangered gibbon made a brief break for freedom in the urban jungle of Mid-Levels yesterday after escaping from the city's oldest zoo.

The 10-year-old buff-cheeked gibbon sneaked out of the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens in Central at about 10.45am as its cage was being cleaned and headed for the hills.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Call of the wild

I used to go often to the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. As a child, on dad's shoulders, I would babble at the black jaguar as he paced around his tiny cage. As I grew up I became so disturbed by the sight of the majestic feline gnashing his way through the days, along a worn-out strip of concrete, that I stopped going to the zoo.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Baby orang-utans should be allowed to stay with their mother in zoo

As a representative of Orangutan Aid in Hong Kong, I am compelled to comment on the recent captive birth of twin orang-utans.

While we are totally opposed to zoos, the sad reality is that these two infants will never be able to be released into the wild, as recommended by an animal organisation quoted in your article.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Who'd want to let these cuddly little twins go?

An animal welfare group says the first Bornean orangutan twins to be born at the city's Zoological and Botanical Gardens should be released into the wild.

The pair, a male and a female, were born last Friday weighing 2kg and 1.4kg respectively.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am