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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.

Saturday, 31 March, 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

Rafael Hui to inspect HK's likely new pandas

Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan will discuss the selection process for the pair of giant pandas to be sent to Hong Kong in May during a visit to the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in Sichuan .

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Ire of the tiger

Leaning out of the slowing jeep, the guide pointed to the large, rounded paw prints of a tiger on the dusty track. 'Not more than two hours old,' he said, as tourists in the back of the vehicle peered and cooed over his shoulder. But a few metres on, the cat's prints disappeared where it must have slunk off into the forest, and the jeep sped off again, in search of more clues.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Urban jungle

This week: food, sex and the giant panda

There was a funny news report recently about Chuang Chuang - the giant panda in Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand - which has trouble having sex because he is getting too fat for his female companion, Lin Hui.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Planning board silent on Queen's Pier plea

Conservationists say 'collective memory' is no basis to judge a building's worth

The Town Planning Board has yet to respond to a demand from a harbour preservation group to intervene to save Queen's Pier, due to be demolished later this month.

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Our birthday gift pandas are sure to be sweet young things

Ocean Park hopes to set up breeding centre with new guests

The two pandas promised to Hong Kong by Beijing as gifts for the 10th anniversary of the handover will be youngsters, and a rock star welcome awaits them.

They will be selected from one of the nation's panda breeding centres, either one in Sichuan or one in Shaanxi .

11 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Dragon Garden a sound pointer to conservation

The aborted sale of Dragon Garden to a developer yesterday was a victory for conservation. Credit should go to those members of the family who have lobbied so hard for the preservation of the Chinese-style landscaped garden.

24 Aug 2006 - 12:00am