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Endangered Species

Book review: The World's Rarest Birds, by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash and Robert Still

Book review: The World's Rarest Birds, by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash and Robert Still

According to the latest assessment by BirdLife International, 590 bird species are threatened with extinction.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 5:34pm

Talking points

Endangered species issue gets heard

Countdown to the CPPCC plenum continues

2 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Cousins' illustrations draw attention to plight of endangered species

Aimee Mak Hoeyin (left) and her cousin Tsui Cheeyee are hoping to save animals. Photo: Sam Tsang

Two Hong Kong cousins - both aged 24 - are doing their part to draw public attention to the relatively unknown creatures. Tsui Cheeyee and Aimee Mak Hoeyin paired up to become the design and illustration duo&dear after graduating in 2011.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

City Digest, January 8, 2013

Customs seized a container of health food, dried seafood and meat of endangered species worth HK$8 million at Lok Ma Chau control point.

Mother tried to jump from bridge with baby

A 37-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly tried to jump off a footbridge with her 18-month-old son in Mong Kok at 11am yesterday. A passer-by called police. By the time officers arrived the woman had calmed down and mother and son were not injured. The infant was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital for examination.


8 Jan 2013 - 6:04am

Hong Kong customs seize over HK$10m in illegal ivory

Hong Kong authorities have confiscated more than a ton of the elephant tusks worth HK$10.85 million. Photo: Felix Wong

Customs officials have confiscated HK$10.6 million worth of ivory in a cargo from Africa, in the third large seizure of the banned product in three months, they said on Friday.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:35pm

Breeding of endangered species is futile without habitat protection

The threatened spoon-billed sandpiper. Photo: John Harrison

This past summer, a team of biologists scoured Siberian tundra in search of nests and eggs of one of the world's most threatened species, the spoon-billed sandpiper - a small shorebird known to Hong Kong birdwatchers as a scarce annual migrant at Mai Po Marshes.

23 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

Letters to the Editor, December 23, 2012

Officials use stuffed birds and animals to educate Guangzhou people about wildlife. Photo: Xinhua

Deng's aim to bring Taiwan back into fold

I refer to Rupert Li's letter ("HK can help mainland create a more enhanced rule of law system", December 16) commenting on Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee's column ("Hong Kong's place in a family of 1.3 billion", December 9).

23 Dec 2012 - 1:04am 1 comment

Poaching and trading of wildlife rampant in mainland China

Guangdong's forestry department says it has confiscated 66,500 wild animals - 52,600 of them birds - in markets and restaurants since early October. Photo: Li Feng

Early every morning, thousands of wild animals - birds, mammals and reptiles - are sold at the Xingfu market in Conghua, about 60 kilometres northeast of Guangzhou.

It's a trade that has been going on for years.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:21am 1 comment

Customs officials battle smuggling surge

Hong Kong Customs and the Guangdong Sub-Administration of China Customs seized 1,209 pieces of ivory tusk and 1.4 kilograms of ivory ornaments in a joint anti-smuggling operation in October. Photo: Sam Tsang

Customs officials in China are grappling with an increase in smuggling, particularly banned items such as drugs, weapons and endangered animals, state media reported on Tuesday.

27 Nov 2012 - 6:49pm

150 elephants died for ivory load seized at port in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong customs officer displays the shipment of contraband tusks from Tanzania that was seized on Thursday. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Customs officers have made the third large seizure of ivory in a year as poachers in Africa slaughter thousands of animals to feed demand in China and other Asian countries.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 2 comments

Brazilian scientists clone endangered animals

Jaguars play at the Jardim Zoo in Brasilia. Brazil Scientists hope to clone the animals to boost zoo populations. Photo: AP

Brazilian researchers are turning to cloning to help fight the decline of several animal species.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Laws ban trade in endangered species but don't protect habitat

As Martin Bode states, the refusal of the Development Opportunities Office to allow the construction of a luxury complex on a secluded beach on southern Lamma is to be applauded ('Don't let anyone spoil Lamma', March 30).

3 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

On the wrong track in villagers' protest

Fifty residents of a village in the northern New Territories have vowed not to move to make way for a maintenance yard, part of the high-speed rail line linking Hong Kong to the rest of China.

24 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Conservation no less worthy cause in economic downturn

The article by Cynthia D'Anjou Brown, of HSBC, about philanthropy in tough times, has many astute observations ('Donating in difficult times', January 28).

However, I am sorry that like many of the larger foundations Ms Brown's article is devoid of any mention or consideration of conservation, the environment or animal welfare.

30 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

green living

what you can do

Pandas may be appealing and cute, but it is just as important to preserve other endangered animals, like crows. This is because every species, including humans, serves a unique function in the world. Losing one species may cause others which rely on it, to overpopulate or disappear as a result.

13 Jan 2009 - 12:00am