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Briefs, October 26, 2012

Curfew imposed after clashes during festival

Friday, 26 October, 2012, 3:02am

Orang-utans and their mother are still far from being a family

Hong Kong's Borneo orang-utan twins turned one last week, and are starting to connect with their mother. But they are still far from being intimate.

The pair, a male and a female, born on July 8 last year at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, were rejected by their mother Raba for several months.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Orang-utans getting closer to mum

Starting today, the public will be able to see a boy-girl pair of Borneo orang-utan twins at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens for the first time since the birth of the great apes in July.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

How computer games are the key to happy animals

Ready for a game? You will be shown a sequence of five different pictures. Sometimes the pictures are abstract shapes, sometimes faces. Sometimes the faces are rotated. Memorise them: you have five seconds. Go!

Now tell me what they are in the correct sequence with 20 pictures to choose from.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Saving the forest for Borneo's great apes

When Willie Smits walks through the rain forest in Borneo, Indonesia, giant adult orang-utans - with arm spans of up to two metres - come out of the trees and hug him. Then they go back into the dense forest.

'They never forget what I did for them,' he said. Years ago, he saved some of those orang-utans' homes from deforestation.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The Beaten Track

The Beaten Track by Sarah Menkedick Kindle Single (e-book)

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lending them a hand

Orang-utans are often smuggled from Indonesia's forests. They are transported through Hong Kong onto the mainland to serve as pets or exotic food. Their habitat has also dwindled so there are fewer apes in the wild than ever before.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Call of the wild

I used to go often to the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. As a child, on dad's shoulders, I would babble at the black jaguar as he paced around his tiny cage. As I grew up I became so disturbed by the sight of the majestic feline gnashing his way through the days, along a worn-out strip of concrete, that I stopped going to the zoo.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Who'd want to let these cuddly little twins go?

An animal welfare group says the first Bornean orangutan twins to be born at the city's Zoological and Botanical Gardens should be released into the wild.

The pair, a male and a female, were born last Friday weighing 2kg and 1.4kg respectively.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Efforts made to improve living environment of orang-utans

I refer to your editorial ('If we must have a zoo, it's got to be a good one', March 9) regarding the living environment of animals in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department attaches great importance to the well-being of animals, including orang-utans, in the zoo.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am