Suzanne Gendron

EARLY START From the age of three I would sneak stray dogs up into my bedroom and keep them until my parents found them. Then a neighbour gave me her guppies and that's when I began to like fish.

Sunday, 11 January, 2009, 12:00am

Elephant becomes dog's best mate at US sanctuary

Everybody knows that dogs are a man's best friend since time immemorial, but now they're befriending elephants as well.

Tarra is an Asian elephant at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, United States, and she has become best friends with a mutt named Bella, according to CBS News.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Dead fish shouldn't become political bait

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, whose portfolio covers tourism, has put a brave face on the death, last weekend, of yet another Chinese sturgeon at Ocean Park. It said the government regretted the death of the sturgeon, the third of the 'national treasures' to die since June, but remained confident in Ocean Park's ability to handle the situation.

7 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Who's who? Only their keeper can tell

Even to the trained eye, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan look identical.

The man who has seen more giant pandas than anyone else, Wei Fuwen , secretary general of the China Zoological Society, cannot tell them apart.

24 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

It's a big cuddly bear, isn't it?

In English it is always known as a giant panda but Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are still divided over what to call the animal they adore the most.

Mainland people call it xiong mao, or 'bear-cat'. In Taiwan it is mao xiong - the 'cat-bear'.

Whatever they are called, two giant pandas arrive in Taipei today as a goodwill gift from Beijing.

23 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Sturgeon 'may have been sick when it arrived'

The sturgeon that died last week could have been sick when it arrived in Hong Kong, Ocean Park's chairman said yesterday.

Allan Zeman said the sturgeon tank and treatments had been approved by mainland experts. He said the park had done nothing wrong in handling the fish - which were presented by the central government to Hong Kong as 'national treasures'.

15 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Ocean Park probes panda attack on keeper

Ocean Park has launched an investigation into a recent panda attack to find out how the 22-year-old animal came to injure his keeper.

The incident, which took place on November 30, came to light after a visitor who filmed the moments after the attack posted his 20-second clip on YouTube.

10 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

HK can show the way in conservation

A group of environmental officials from the mainland visited Hong Kong's nature reserves last month to learn more about conservation.

9 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions

1. How do most zoos treat the death of an animal?

a. buy a new one from another park

b. renovate the cage to breed other animals

c. hold enrichment talks to educate students about the animal

d. raise funds to buy another one

30 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Vigilance needed to keep out unwanted guests, say botanists

Mainland botanical experts have appealed for authorities to keep a close watch for imported pests in the lead-up to next month's Olympic Games.

With the event less than a month away, pest control - especially preventing invasive species from abroad - should be high on the government's agenda during its final preparations, they said yesterday.

11 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Back from the brink

One hundred years ago India's tigers numbered about 40,000, yet within decades the Royal Bengal tiger faced extinction. Although hunting was outlawed in 1970, the survival of the species was threatened by continuing loss of habitat and poaching.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Eagle smuggler caught

A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday as he tried to smuggle an endangered live eagle, wrapped tightly in plastic, into Hong Kong.

Customs officers intercepted the man after he aroused suspicion at the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint at about 9am because he was using his jacket to cover his left hand.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Giants roam the forests

Quick Facts

Common name: Giant panda

Scientific name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca

Native home: central-western and southwestern China

Estimated numbers: 166 in captivity and between 1,500 and 3,000 in the wild

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Mainlanders show major attitude shift

A grinning man clad in army fatigues brandishes a rifle, a dead boar lies at his feet. He wears a helmet and an ammunition belt stuffed with gun cartridges.

His image, plastered all over Beijing's subway, is the face of a new hunting reserve, a half-day's drive from the capital.

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Endangered species warning

21 Dec 2007 - 12:00am