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Hong Kong environmental issues

Surprising Hong Kong: a celebration of city’s wildlife in all its astonishing diversity

  • The blog and guide Wildcreatures Hong Kong, and a Facebook page, were started by photographer Robert Ferguson
  • He has spent more than 20 years documenting Hong Kong’s wildlife
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 December, 2018, 9:32am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 December, 2018, 9:31am

At the beginning of 2018, Hong Kong-based photographer and nature lover Robert Ferguson launched Wildcreatures Hong Kong (wildcreatureshongkong.org), a blog and guide celebrating local animals – some common and some not so common.

The site and Facebook page also offer information to help identify species, with a selection of stunning photographs, most of them taken by Ferguson, who has spent more than 20 years gathering information on Hong Kong wildlife.

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And there’s a lot to take in.

While Hong Kong is small in size, it’s big on biodiversity. Government figures paint a rich environmental picture: more than 3,300 species of plants, 57 species of mammals, more than 540 species of birds, 198 species of freshwater fish, 86 species of reptiles, 24 species of amphibians, 236 species of butterflies and 123 species of dragonflies.

From the colourful lantern bug and tiger beetle to the crimson dropwing dragonfly, we take a look at some of the creatures great and small that inhabit this city, all beautifully captured by the nature lovers at Wildcreatures Hong Kong.