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What Has Grazing Done?

Grazing – a way of rearing livestock, has always existed in the area where giant pandas are distributed. However, there are more and more potential negative impacts that occur when society relies greatly on grazing. According to the 3rd and 4th national giant panda surveys, grazing is, unfortunately, the most widespread human disturbance in the Giant Panda Sanctuary.
 
What are the problems?
Livestock foraging and trampling on bamboo will greatly reduce the height of bamboo, the number of bamboo leaves and the density of bamboo shoots. These will not only affect the food of giant pandas, but also their habitat.
 
Are there any solutions?
In 2018/19, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong funded the project “Study on Sustainable Grazing and Management Measures for Giant Pandas’ Habitats” led by Professor Li Binbin. The project seeks solutions from various aspects such as laws and regulations, community supervision, market mechanisms etc. to find a suitable balance between giant panda conservation and local development of the society.
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Victoria Tang and Charlotte Wang of the Education University of Hong Kong travelled to Penang, one of Malaysia’s most beautiful retreats to join a research project by the Universiti Sains Malaysia on cetaceans. On their journey, they conducted surveys on the population and interviewed local fishermen. After the trip, Victoria spoke to the primary students at Yuen Long Long Ping Estate Wai Chow School about cetaceans in Malaysia and Hong Kong and the importance of conservation.
Coco Kam, Anson Chan and Yanny Yu of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology completed their trip to Vietnam in search of the Yangtze giant softshell turtles.  Although it was difficult to find the critically endangered species, the students have learnt that wildlife conservation is not an easy job – they had to start their daily survey as early as 5:30 am on some days which was quite a change from the lifestyles in Hong Kong.
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With the increasing demand of land for housing and economic development, many Hong Kong people have limited knowledge and appreciation of the rich biodiversity and ecology in Lantau. In view of that, OPCFHK proposed an education programme which enabled secondary students to learn and understand more of biodiversity. Since September 2018, 100 students were given the opportunity to explore nature on Lantau Island through series of lectures, guided tours and field projects. In addition to their trips sharing on our official Facebook, an exhibition will be held in September to display the students’ hard work. Stay tuned for more information!
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NIGHT SAFARI

Here comes summer! Want to enjoy nature but not the heat? A night safari would be your choice! If you missed the tour last year, it's time to join us this summer! The Friends of the Foundation (FOF) will organise a night safari at Tai Tam Country Park which will allow you to meet the “celebrities in the dark” introduced by our narrators, including twinkling fireflies, frogs with “unique voices” etc.

Join FOF and sign up for the activity NOW, and you will enjoy an extraordinary experience this summer just one step away from city! 

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Upcoming Activities


Talk: A Walk with Monkey


Date: 14 August 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:00pm-2:30pm; 3:00pm-3:30pm
Venue: Nature Lab, Biodiversity Gallery, G/F., Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Free with general admission

Talk: Meeting Horseshoe Crab

Date: 24 August 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00pm-2:30pm; 3:00pm-3:30pm
Venue: Nature Lab, Biodiversity Gallery, G/F., Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Free with general admission

Talk: Unlock The Unnatural - Cetacean Stranding

Date: 28 August 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:00pm-2:30pm; 3:00pm-3:30pm
Venue: Nature Lab, Biodiversity Gallery, G/F., Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Free with general admission

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