Fauna of Asia

Officers seize 600kg of dead pangolins

A mainland-bound boat carrying 600kg of frozen pangolins - an endangered scaly anteater - was intercepted in Deep Bay by the Marine Department in an anti-smuggling operation.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:58pm

Microchips help track released reptiles

Releasing pythons into the Hong Kong countryside after tagging them with microchips could provide crucial information about the habits and movements of the endangered species.

Surprisingly little is known about the behaviour of Burmese pythons in the wild and it is not known how territorial they are or whether they return to their old hunting grounds when they are moved.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Snakes alive, a U-turn on freeing pythons

Captured Burmese pythons are being released back into the Hong Kong countryside rather than being deported to the mainland in a policy U-turn that has delighted animal-welfare groups but worried some pet owners.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Death on five-tonne tip-toes

The moment the elephant's trunk wrapped itself around Fulmani Urao's waist, she must have known it was all over. She did not even struggle. There was no point.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Jumbo tussle turns wild

Sacred in Thai culture, Asian elephants are revered by kings and even appeared on the national flag. But the jumbo creatures and humans don't always live in harmony - particularly in Salakpra, in western Thailand.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Animal welfare message hits home

Extracting bile from the gall bladders of Asiatic black bears for use in traditional Chinese medicine is not a pretty sight, nor is it a pleasant experience for the creatures. Yet Guizhentang Pharmaceutical is willing to ignore that in the name of the extraordinary profits that can be made.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Shooters fly in the face of conservation

The black kite is an enduring symbol of the triumph of nature over the pressures of population, pollution and development in Hong Kong.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Groovy Geckos

Have you ever wondered how geckos can walk along ceilings without falling off? The secret is in their feet.

Gecko feet may look very smooth, but if you look under the microscope, you'd see that they are covered in millions of long hairs.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Sunset for our buffalo herds?

Water buffaloes have hit the local headlines more often recently than in their entire history. Their habitat - encroached on by roads, development and increased contact with humans - has led to neglect and conflict and, in one case, human injury.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Big beasts are happiest when living a quiet life

Buffalo husbandry in China has a 4,000-year history.

Hong Kong's buffaloes are descended from wild beasts that came originally from India. They have long horns, thick smooth hides and wide-splayed, hoofed feet.

Buffaloes are intelligent and not difficult to tame, but are naturally timid and startle easily. They must be handled quietly and calmly.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A treat for reptile enthusiasts

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Pet dog saved by grandfather after tussle with python

A 60-year-old grandfather has described how he wrestled desperately with a four-metre-long python to save his pet dog from being crushed to death on a popular hiking trail near Sai Kung.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Shearwater confirmed as regular HK visitor

You could call it the wrong flight in the right direction for local birdwatchers when the first recorded sighting of a Short-tailed Shearwater was made in Hong Kong in 2004, because it was thought to be a one-off at the time.

23 May 2010 - 12:00am

Final focus on winter visitors

As winter comes to an end, migratory birds are set to travel back to their homes in the north.

But many species, both rare and common, remain in Hong Kong's countryside to hide from the chill in higher latitudes. If you want to catch a glimpse of the visitors before they leave, it is time to get out of your flat.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Bird found in wild had H5N1

5 Jan 2010 - 12:00am