A journey to a unique island

Madagascar. The mere name evokes a hothouse of strange creatures.

Wildlife on the island, off the east coast of Africa, has evolved in isolation for millions of years in a great experiment by Mother Nature.

Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am


Who started it? Loris Azzaro was born to Sicilian parents in Tunisia in 1933 and launched his brand in Paris, France, in 1962. The creator of fabulously draped gowns, Azzaro, who died in 2003, was known for dressing the grand dames of society such as Romy Schneider, Claudia Cardinale, Michele Morgan, Marisa Berenson and Dalida.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Endangered lorises in fight for survival

In February, Hong Kong student Cheng Ho-fun walked into a shopping centre in Bogor, Indonesia. He was approached by a man who wanted to show him something 'special'. The 29-year-old, who is studying film and television at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (APA), followed the man to a back street.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A new home in England for rare lorises bred at Kadoorie farm

Three rare lorises bred at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden have found a new home in Britain. They are two Bengal slow lorises - male and female - and one male pygmy loris.

The small, slow-moving nocturnal animals normally live in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and southern China.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Rescued lemur travels to Britain

A rare lemur has begun a new life in Britain after spending a year in Hong Kong when it was found running around an industrial building in Sham Shui Po.

10 May 2010 - 12:00am

Endangered lemur found in city sent to rare species centre in Britain

An endangered lemur found running around an industrial building in Sham Shui Po has begun a new life in Britain after being cared for in Hong Kong for a year.

The seven-year-old fat-tailed dwarf lemur was found in the building in May last year after apparently being abandoned by its owner after being imported illegally.

7 May 2010 - 12:00am

The Lemur

The Lemur by Benjamin Black Picador, HK$114

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Champion animal sleepers

Hibernation: sleeping death

The fat or edible dormice live in forests in Western Europe. During spring and summer, they run around the treetops looking for food.

Dormice love to eat. They eat nuts, fruit, insects, wild mushrooms and tree bark. If they can find them, dormice also eat bird eggs.

21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

New home for rare primates

Four pygmy slow lorises, bred at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, will be handed to the Singapore Zoo this week.

The pygmy slow loris is a nocturnal primate found throughout Vietnam, Laos and Yunnan province on the mainland.

23 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Where there is society, there will be climbers; where there is power, there will be players - this proves as true in the two-faced world of posh London hotels as it is for a community of lemurs in Madagascar.

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Vet fights for life of abandoned endangered monkey

A monkey belonging to an endangered species has been found abandoned in a cage on The Peak.

The slow loris was unconscious and close to death when it arrived at the Animal Medical Centre in Mong Kok very early yesterday morning, vet Andy Krywawych said. Walkers had found it late on Thurdsay night and rushed it to the centre.

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

HK zoo unveils rare new-born primates

Visitors to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens will be able to see six endangered primates bred in captivity over the past few months.

The new-born animals include two black and white ruffed lemurs, three ring-tailed lemurs and one white-faced saki.

This is the first time that black and white ruffed lemurs have been successfully bred in Hong Kong.

30 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

For rare primates, a touch of home is breeding success

A 'natural habitat' is helping captive creatures to thrive in HK

Living conditions designed to feel like home have helped increase the population of endangered primates by six in Hong Kong in the past few months.

Two black and white ruffed lemurs, three ring-tailed lemurs and one white-faced saki have been born in the Zoological and Botanical gardens this year.

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Baby boom for HK zoo?s endangered primates

Updated at 6.55pm: Six endangered primates ? two black and white ruffed lemurs, three ring-tailed lemurs and one white-faced saki ? have been born at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

Benjamin Hung, a manager at the gardens, on Monday said the primates had all been born at the gardens this year.

28 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

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12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am