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Reptiles of Australia

Fun with fauna Down Under

Air and food pollution were reasons to flee Beijing after living there for seven years. We also worried about the children being hit by a car as the volume of traffic increased.

Sunday, 19 August, 2012, 6:25pm

New crocodile for park

Hong Kong Wetland Park has a new crocodile - made from an old tree.

Ching Tat-mam, a skilled craftsman working for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, took two weeks to make a wooden, upright carving of Pui Pui. The saltwater crocodile, whose name means 'the precious one', is the star of the park.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Under his skin

There is nothing more frustrating than investing thousands of dollars in a gorgeous, limited-edition bag from a luxury brand only to find your best friend had the very same bright idea. What felt like a potentially unique purchase quickly loses its lustre as you negotiate who will wear it at the next big social event.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Seized turtles head for a new life in the wild

They were flown into Hong Kong in substandard conditions, but today they're being sent home first class.

About 600 freshwater pig-nosed turtles - a protected species native to Australia and New Guinea - were smuggled into the city in January, barely surviving dehydration in badly packed containers.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Cooks and servants an optional extra

While HSBC provides its top executives with luxury accommodation on a fabled hillside, it does not necessarily come with a team of cooks and servants.

Far from it in fact - and the size of the team varies, because the taipans have to pay for their domestic help out of their own pockets.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Five baby green turtles hatched in park go on show ahead of release

Offspring of an endangered green turtle with a penchant for laying eggs during typhoons are on display ahead of their planned release into the ocean in the summer.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Did 200, or just 20 crocs escape?

Two weeks after Typhoon Hagupit enabled a bunch of potentially dangerous crocodiles to swim out of their Zhuhai enclosure, word has filtered back that all the rogue reptilians have been recaptured.

Or have they?

12 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Ocean's 10 - Hong Kong votes for most-loved marine species

The Chinese white dolphin, the green turtle and horseshoe crab have been voted as Hong Kong's favourite local marine species by 6,841 people in a poll conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Named Ocean 10, the poll was carried out this summer and divided into three categories: My Favourite Ocean's 10, Ocean 10's Most Wanted and The Most Energetic Ocean's 10.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Abandoned pet crocs keep wildlife rangers busy in Darwin

As animal welfare groups around the world brace for a surge in ill-advised pre-Christmas puppy purchases, in Australia it is baby crocodiles that are being dumped on the streets.

Wildlife rangers in Darwin in the Northern Territory are dealing with an increase in the number of unwanted pet crocodiles.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Turtles leave human 'parents' to return to the wild

Conservation officers yesterday completed the release of 61 juvenile green turtles into the sea at Tai Long Wan, hoping they will one day return to nest.

Despite their small size, officers believed the turtles could swim safely to deeper water, where they could find shelter and food in seaweed.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am