Work on delta bridge linked to expected decline in dolphin numbers

Construction work on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is linked to the expected decline in Chinese white dolphins.

A report to be released within days is expected to partly blame the impact of construction work on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge for a continuing steep decline in the number of pink dolphins in Hong Kong waters.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:42am 1 comment

Hong Kong must act to save pink dolphins, conservationists say

Pink dolphins in Hong Kong waters. Photo: AFP

WWF Hong Kong called for an interdepartmental task force to be set up to find ways to save the dolphin population and for steps to be taken to halt reclamation projects they fear could push the mammals to the brink of extinction in Hong Kong waters.

12 May 2013 - 5:50am 3 comments

Hong Kong's iconic pink dolphins are disappearing fast

A mother with her dead calf in Hong Kong waters in an incident similar to one filmed last week. Photo: Red Door/Dolphin Conservation Society

Figures due next month will show a major decline in the number of pink dolphins - also known as Chinese white dolphins - found in Hong Kong waters at any one time, says Dr Samuel Hung Ka-yiu, chairman of the Dolphin Conservation Society.

5 May 2013 - 5:03am 9 comments

Video of grieving pink dolphin mother underscores plight of disappearing species

A pink dolphin is seen in Hong Kong waters.

WATCH THE VIDEO | Distressing scenes as a mother fought to stop her dead calf from sinking into HK's polluted waters have highlighted plight of iconic pink dolphins.

5 May 2013 - 2:32pm 1 comment

Sai Kung shark may have been dangerous newcomer to Hong Kong

Dr Andy Cornish. Photo: Thomas Yau

The Sai Kung shark featured in a video that grabbed attention online last week is believed to be a more dangerous species that originally thought, and one that has never before been reported in Hong Kong waters.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:25am

Chinese buyers need to be educated on the ivory trade, says safari expert

Richard Knocker is a safari guide in East Africa. Photo: Sam Tsang

A veteran safari guide from Africa says the only way to stop the illegal trade in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns to China is by educating mainland buyers.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:25am

Fight for survival for elderly woman attacked by Komodo dragon on Rinca Island

Komodo dragons can weigh up to 70kg. Photo: SCMP Pictures

An 83-year-old Indonesian told yesterday how she faced a "fight for survival" when a Komodo dragon pounced and sunk its teeth into her. Haisah was sitting on the ground outside her house on Rinca Island when the twometre-long reptile sprang at her.

12 Apr 2013 - 8:55am

Officers step up battle to rein in Sai Kung's feral cattle

One of the six feral cows fitted with GPS collars in Sai Kung Country Park

Country park officials have set up barriers and planted bushes to stop herds of feral cows harassing weekenders and scavenging food from barbecue sites.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am 1 comment

Greater China second to India in seizure of tiger parts

A tiger cub is saved from smugglers. Photo: AP Images

A report on the illegal wildlife trade of tigers across Asia shows that between 2000 and 2012, greater China had the most seizures of tiger parts after India. There were a total of 654 seizures across the region with parts from an estimated 1,425 tigers.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am 1 comment

Eco tours show visitors the natural hot spots of Hong Kong

Eco-tour guides are ready to take Hongkongers around some special nature spots. Photo: Edward Wong

It is one of eight eco-tours on Hong Kong and Lamma islands from which nature lovers can now choose in order to explore some of the city's rarest wildlife and most spectacular scenery.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

China Digest, February 12, 2013

Travel agencies in Jiangsu say their business has suffered after the central government waived highway tolls during the Lunar New Year holiday.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

South African farmer plans to use US drones to protect rhinos

Hundreds of rhinos have been killed in South Africa, mostly for their horns. Photo: AFP

A rhino farmer in South Africa is planning to use surveillance drones designed for the US military to combat poachers who are driving the animals towards extinction.

Clive Vivier, co-founder of the Zululand rhino reserve in KwaZulu-Natal province, said he had been granted permission by the US Department of State to buy the Arcturus T-20 drone.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:33am

Here's wishing you a wicked Christmas

Wildlife market in China. Photo: Reuters

Do people still do Christmas cards, or is it just me? The festive imagery in the most unusual of the few that I have seen this year is truly strange, depicting the temptation of St Anthony the Great. What this has to do with Christmas was not immediately apparent.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am

Poaching and trading of wildlife rampant in mainland China

Guangdong's forestry department says it has confiscated 66,500 wild animals - 52,600 of them birds - in markets and restaurants since early October. Photo: Li Feng

Early every morning, thousands of wild animals - birds, mammals and reptiles - are sold at the Xingfu market in Conghua, about 60 kilometres northeast of Guangzhou.

It's a trade that has been going on for years.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:21am 1 comment

Small crocodile found abandoned in Tai Po village

The crocodile which was found in Tai Po. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong's celebrity crocodile, Pui Pui, may get some company after another of the species was found abandoned in a Tai Po village yesterday.

The reptile is about 1.2 metres long and weighs about 5kg. It has no noticeable wounds and was active when found at 3am in an aquarium left at a refuse-collection station in Tong Sheung Tsuen, Tai Po. It is believed to be an unwanted pet.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am