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 .

Wednesday, 7 March, 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

Low tiger count stuns Indian wildlife experts

Revised analysis finds only one quarter of showpiece reserve's official estimate

Indian wildlife experts are in shock after a new analysis showed that the last stronghold of the Bengal tiger only has about one quarter of the big cats previously reported.

21 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Seeds of global salvation

No disrespect to our leaders in Beijing, but sorry, guys, you are not the ones who will save the world when it comes to global warming, a nuclear holocaust or panic buying of Hello Kitty merchandise.

23 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Bamboo forest to reunite pandas

The mainland is building an ecological corridor to reunite two isolated panda populations in Qinling earlier this month.

A bamboo forest will be restored with the help of volunteers to create a green corridor for giant pandas that have been cut off by a highway.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

Endangered species on the rise: report

Two out of every five species assessed by scientists are threatened with extinction, according to the 2006 World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

The list acts as a global wake-up call by focusing attention on the alarming state of the natural environment.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

Panda recovers debt in asset deal

Financially troubled Nanjing Panda Electronics has recovered 500 million yuan of debt by acquiring 25 per cent of loss-making television tube maker Hua Fei Group.

Nanjing Panda, which is listed in Shanghai and Hong Kong, was owed 500 million yuan plus interest by a scandal-hit former subsidiary, Nanjing Panda Mobile Communication Equipment.

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

Free to roam a shrunken home

His name means 'auspicious'. But from the moment he took his first ponderous steps out of a cage and plodded off out of sight into the bamboo forests of southwest China nine days ago, conservationists were asking just how fortunate Xiang Xiang the giant panda really was to be free.

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

US capital set to poach Chinese emblem in bid for statehood

The very idea is enough to make a Chinese panda lover's blood boil. The city of Washington, capital of the United States, is eagerly searching for a suitable animal to become its official symbol. And it appears that the giant panda is rapidly making its cuddly way towards the top of the list of candidates.

29 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Clarity needed on heritage and conservation

It is not often that developers and conservationists agree. But on the point of government obfuscation in the area of heritage and conservation, it is clear both sides would raise their hands in agreement - and frustration.

14 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Travel warning on wildlife souvenirs

Holidaymakers going abroad for the long Easter weekend have been warned not to bring back endangered species or wildlife products without a licence.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it made 72 seizures at customs checkpoints from January to March, down from 115 cases during the same period last year.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am