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The Cost Behind Those Cute Big Eyes
(Source: Online)
“Kawaii ne! So cute!” People are easily attracted to cute animals, and this is one of the reasons why animal cafés are booming in some countries, especially Japan. In recent years, tourists and locals can pet and spend time with species ranging from cats to owls for a small fee. With these cafés getting more popular, customers may actually be supporting illegal pet trade without being aware of it.
 
A new undercover investigation on otter cafés by World Animal Protection International, an international nonprofit organisation, has revealed that baby wild otters are being illegally poached from their natural habitat and kept in terrible conditions. Due to the high profit they can make, farmers, hunters and traffickers steal cubs from the wild by shooting or electrocuting their protective parents. This has caused crucial harm to the species as three out of four otters found in Southeast Asia are at risk of extinction in the wild.
(Source: Online)
In addition, the investigators also found that otters in these cafés were often kept in poor conditions – lacking proper nutrition in their diet, without direct access to water and enrichment etc.; hence, animals are also showing signs of distress.
 
How can we help these animals? Here are a few suggestions:
  • Never purchase wild animal as pet
  • Think before you interact on social media as every “like” might encourages illegal wildlife trading
  • Stop going to cafés with suspected illegal wildlife trading
“Friends of the Foundation” Latest Updates
OPCFHK hosted the “Chinese White Dolphin Eco-tour” last month. Although they did not get to meet any Chinese white dolphin, participants still learned about the characteristics and habits of cetaceans through games! Our young members also learned about the importance of respecting wildlife when doing outdoor activities as well. At the end of the tour, everyone designed and made their own unique postcard and sent to family and friends, and invited them to join our conservation efforts!

This 14 December, OPCFHK will also host a “Bird Watching Eco-tour” in Nam Sang Wai. Follow a conservation specialist with 15 years of experience as you learn about the biology of various winter migratory and water birds, while enjoying the views of mangroves and fishponds. Hurry and register today!
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Green Is The New Black
Time flies! As thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s eve are just around the corner, you have probably started preparing for the festive season. While you are busy shopping for presents and planning for different gatherings, we encourage you to play your part in helping the ocean too! Other than reducing the unnecessary packaging for gifts, you can also bring your own reusable cutlery to minimise the consumption of single-use plastic and practice source waste reduction. Don’t have a set of reusable cutlery that you can carry around with you yet? Don’t worry! “Waterfront Gifts” at Ocean Park has introduced various bamboo and silicone utensils recently. It is time for you to get a set for yourself and your family and friends! Let’s have a “less plastic” festive season together!

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