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Meet The Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe crab is an ancient marine creature which has existed since the Late Ordovician Period (475 million years ago), about 230 million years earlier than the early appearance of dinosaurs. The morphology of horseshoe crab has not changed much over the years; thus, the species is being named as “living fossil”. Being one of the oldest species on the planet, horseshoe crabs are also of great value in evolutionary history and biology.
 
Horseshoe crabs depend on mudflat and mangrove heavily as habitats to forage and grow; however, habitat destruction is severely threatening their juveniles. On the other hand, adult horseshoe crabs in China, Thailand, and Vietnam have been affected by threats such as large-scale fishing for food and blood collection as medical testing reagents. In March 2019, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species listed one of the species found in Hong Kong, Chinese horseshoe crabs, as Endangered, reflecting the urgent need to conserve them.
In view of this, OPCFHK has been collaborating with City University of Hong Kong to steward the protection of horseshoe crabs since 2009, including the Juvenile Horseshoe Crab Rearing Programme, an initiative participated by more than 4,000 secondary school students locally. The students will care for and artificially breed the horseshoe crabs and eventually release them in the wild so as to increase their survival rate. Nevertheless, OPCFHK also conducted a survey among more than 1,000 Hongkongers in November last year, results reveal that almost 90 per cent of the interviewed public are unaware that Chinese horseshoe crabs have been listed as “Endangered” by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The survey also shows that a further 45 per cent of respondents are completely unaware of the existence of this ancient marine creature in Hong Kong – a keystone animal in local ecosystems which supports the survival of other endangered species, as well as an environmental indicator species that helps signal the environmental challenges faced by local marine lives.
Being the kick-off event of OPCFHK’s 25th Anniversary celebration, the 25th Ocean Park Conservation Day was successfully held on 11-12 January in Ocean Park with horseshoe crabs taking centre stage at the event. At the kick-off ceremony, OPCFHK also invited celebrity Karena Lam to appeal to the public for the urgency of conserving this endangered species as our newly appointed Horseshoe Crab Caring Ambassador. During the event, visitors were able to have an up-close and personal opportunity to discover and interact with these living fossils, as well as understand more about them at the limited-time ‘Horseshoe Crab Discovery Centre’. The two-day event received overwhelming response with more than 24,000 attendances. Ocean Park will donate all proceeds from admission ticket sales on the first day of the event to support OPCFHK’s wildlife conservation and research projects across Asia.
 
We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers for their great support to the event. Thank you!
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Chinese New Year is just around the corner! This year, OPCFHK invites you to donate a red packet and make a wish for nature and wildlife in Asia! In addition, you may also receive an appreciation e-certificate. Your generous support is important in sustaining our conservation and community education efforts. Make your donation and send your blessings today!
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OPCFHK’s annual charity run is the perfect event for those keen to do their part for the environment while working up a sweat. Held on 22 March 2020, “Run for Survival” is a family-friendly fun run that aims to promote biodiversity and marine conservation by raising awareness on the threats faced by sea animals. Taking over Pak Shek Kok Promenade this year, participants will set foot on an adventurous journey to become Ocean Guardians by completing a number of fun missions that illustrate the daily traumas faced by marine animals. The donations raised from the event will be proceeded to support Asian wildlife conservation work by OPCFHK. And, marine-themed fancy-dress is most welcome!

The obstacle run is suitable for runners in all ages and limits. More advanced runners and corporate teams could join the 10km individual Timed Challenge, while beginners or families could join 3km Fun Run. What is more, participants can enjoy more fun and get tips on saving the earth at the mini game booths and workshops inside the Fun & Learn Centre.

Registration is open from now until 29 February 2020! Early bird discounts are available before 7 February 2020, with discounts also available for the members of Friends of the Foundation from 8 February till 29 February, 2020. Don’t miss the chance to take part in this fun and meaningful event with family, friends and colleagues!
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