China's proposal to lift ban on trade in tiger bone opposed

Conservationists and neighbouring governments say they are determined to block a Chinese proposal to lift a ban on the sale of medicines made from tiger bone.

Thursday, 19 April, 2007, 12:00am

Pandas ready to make July 1 debut

The pair of giant pandas bound for Hong Kong as a handover anniversary gift from the central government will go on public view on July 1, Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman said yesterday.

Mr Zeman made the announcement in Beijing after signing an agreement with the Wolong Nature Reserve Administration to deliver the pandas on April 26.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Valmik Thapar

'I spend most of my time crisis-solving for the [Indian] National Board of Wildlife or the Central Empowered Committee, a five-member committee that was appointed by the Supreme Court of India in 2002 to advise it on the misuse of forest lands.

15 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Pampered pandas get ready for the move

Panda cubs number 610 and 606 are thriving on a diet of milk formula and fibre biscuits as final preparations are made to bring them to their new home in Hong Kong.

The specially matched pair are receiving extraordinary treatment to ensure they are in top condition when they arrive in the city, where it is hoped they will start a family.

7 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Alien invaders threaten new woodlands

Plagues of exotic pests are likely to devour more trees this year, helped by warmer weather and human activity, according to mainland forestry sources.

5 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

The pending arrival of cubs at Ocean Park is an opportunity to contribute to the giant pandas' survival, says Suzanne Gendron, executive director for zoological operations and education, and director of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation

5 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Time to make pandas more than a number

Hong Kong people are being urged to think of the best names for the two giant panda cubs coming to the city next month.

The animals have been in the media spotlight since they were chosen last week as gifts to Hong Kong to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover.

But they remain nameless, known only by their codenames 606 and 610.

31 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Lai See

Park boss Zeman takes a back seat as top staff step into the spotlight

On one night, at least, Ocean Park impresario Allan Zeman - who charmed the press by dressing as a jellyfish last Easter and a courtesan for Halloween - was able to sit back and be entertained by his staff's merrymaking.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

New pandas to be unveiled today

Details of the new pair of pandas to be sent to Hong Kong as a gift to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover are expected to be announced today.

Zhang Hemin , director of the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, in Wolong , Sichuan province , confirmed yesterday that the centre had chosen the two cubs which would be sent to Hong Kong.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Greens hope to rent rare wetland

Conservationists want to protect a little-known bird haven off Sha Tau Kok by renting the private wetland and farming it.

The Hong Kong Sustainable Agricultural Association has raised HK$40,000 but needs another HK$40,000 by the end of the month to rent the nearly 50 hectares of wetland at Nam Chung for a year.

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Artificial forests 'root of eco-crisis'

Massive tree-planting campaigns on the mainland are doing more harm than good to the nation's already fragile ecosystem, says a leading environmental NGO.

In its 2006 Environment Green Book released on Monday, Friends of Nature said artificial woodlands, pushed by political and economic interests, were squeezing out natural forests at an unprecedented rate.

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Animal attraction

Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan shows his cuddly side as he frolics with panda cubs in Sichuan yesterday, along with his wife, Teresa Hui Lo Mei-mei. They were visiting the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in Wolong , where two cubs will be chosen as gifts for Hong Kong to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover.

10 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Public will get chance to name panda cubs

Details of the process and animals' trail to HK will be posted on website

Hong Kong people will get to name the two pandas coming to the city to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover.

10 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Love changes everything

In 1990 Li Guanghan decided something had to change: panda cubs were dying shortly after birth and the then-deputy director of Chengdu Zoo was finally compelled to challenge the orthodoxy built up over four decades of panda research.

10 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Park hoping for the first HK-born cub

Ocean Park hopes its new pandas will produce the first Hong Kong-born cub at the park. The new pair of young giant pandas are expected to be sent to the city in May as a gift to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the handover.

9 Mar 2007 - 12:00am