Endangered reptiles to be returned to Philippines

More than 100 endangered reptiles from the Philippines that were smuggled into Hong Kong will be 'repatriated' to their home country today, officials say.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:42pm

Seeking a better life

About 600 smuggled freshwater pig-nosed turtles were set to head home to Indonesia yesterday.

The protected animals - native to Australia and New Guinea - were smuggled into the city in January, suffering from dehydration.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage (film)

Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage is the kind of film that makes you want to grab your dusty backpack and head off for an adventure of discovery in faraway lands.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

A tale of love and adventure

Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage is the kind of film that makes you want to grab your dusty backpack and head off for an adventure in a foreign country.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

Green turtle set free, a little fatter, healthier

A juvenile green turtle accidentally caught in a fishing net in Hong Kong waters nearly four months ago was returned to its natural habitat yesterday.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Buddhists asked to stop animal releases

Conservationists have asked followers of Buddhism to stop releasing captive animals into the wild, saying the practice is causing pollution problems in the ecologically sensitive Tung Chung River on Lantau.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Get to know your friends before you take 'em home

Reptiles and amphibians are animals with unique characteristics. There are several anatomical and reproductive differences between the two. One difference is the make-up of their skin. Reptiles are covered with scales or shields. As for reproduction, both reproduce by laying eggs, but young reptiles look like miniature adults when they hatch.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Funding increased to protect species at risk

The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation has announced a record annual budget of HK$5.63 million to expand and diversify its project to preserve endangered species like freshwater turtles and pangolins.

These two species are under threat from excessive hunting and illegal traders who prey on them to make Chinese medicine and food.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Harilela off to 'hell' to save the leatherback

What? A member of the Harilela family is going around asking for donations? Well, sort of ... but in a very minor way. The independently minded eldest granddaughter of patriarch George Harilela, Tiana, is merely circulating a sponsorship form among friends to support her upcoming three-week volunteer work trip to Costa Rica.

6 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Stories with a message

Before people could write, they told stories to each other. Stories began before people could write. This is called the oral tradition.

One type of story from the oral tradition is the fable.

6 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Unexpectedly outstanding

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Elaine Au of Hong Kong has won the grand prize in the 25th International Poster Contest for Youth, beating 3,000 other young artists from around the world.

23 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Day and night patrols

I would like to thank your correspondents for the support given to us for our efforts to protect the nesting site of the green turtle (letters headlined, 'Sea-based wardens needed' and 'Still worried about green turtle', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on August 5 and August 15 respectively).

28 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Feast on the beach

If, within the amazing world of wildlife, there were seven natural wonders, the event filmed in Man's Heritage (Pearl, 8.30 pm) would surely be one of them.

Each month during the wet season, a two-kilometre beach in Nancite, Costa Rica, plays host to more than 50,000 Olive Ridley turtles from all over the east central Pacific.

They have come to lay their eggs.

19 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Two held in turtle raid

Thirteen turtles were seized from a Yuen Long market and a man, 42, and a woman, 31, were arrested in an operation by police and the SPCA.

3 May 1997 - 12:00am

Turn Around Turtle packs fun

Turn Around Turtle is a bright green turtle with a blue baseball cap and red backpack who turns around every time he stops. He's also a good CD-ROM game for young children.

29 Sep 1996 - 12:00am