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Critically Endangered Asian Turtles- Arakan Forest Turtle

With the approval given by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation has recently transferred 3 Arakan Forest Turtles abandoned by the public to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden for conservation projects. This means these turtles may have a chance to join foreign conversation organizations or zoos for

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Turtles Rescued in Food Market

Red-eared Sliders & Chinese Softshell Turtles are the most common edible turtles seen in Hong Kong Markets.  We don’t want to discuss whether we should be eating turtles.  Being a society about reptiles, we often take care of them, and when you see them sick, loaded with parasites, the dirty water they’re in and their smell, you

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Captive Breeding of Sacalia bealei ( Beal’s-eyed Turtle ) for Assurance Colonies – ex-situ conservation

Captive Breeding of Sacalia bealei ( Beal’s-eyed Turtle ) for Assurance Colonies – ex-situ conservation The scheme of Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation (HKHerp) for the next 10 years – The conservation of Beal’s-eyed Turtle (Sacalia bealei) Due to the possibilities of human activities such as turtle hunting, habitat destruction, alteration, fragmentation, contamination and

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Red-eared slider Rescued and Removed from the Wild

On 11 Mar 2013, our research team found a red-eared slider trapped in the water tank of a deserted village on the mountain woods of Lantau island.  As the red-eared slider is not a native species, and after it has recovered, we will not release it to the wild.  It will be going up for adoption.  

2013 Year of the Snake

HKHerp in partnership with PARC have designated 2013 as the Year of the Snake According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 is the Year of Serpent. Most people would relate snakes being deadly, cunning, cold blooded and even all sorts of negative feelings. In comparison, another Zodiac, the Dragon, is highly regarded among the Chinese. It

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Wild flavors for better health?! What is “Wild Flavors”(野味)?

Caution: The article contains bloody photos which may cause discomfort. Wild flavors for better health?! What is “Wild Flavors”(野味)? “野” means “wild”, it has nothing to do with the conventional domestic livestock or poultry but with wildlife; “味”here could mean “ special flavor/savor”, and “wild flavors” are what people nowadays commonly call for those wild animals

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Recommendation Letter about Green Sea Turtle in Hong Kong

Recommendation Letter about Green Sea Turtle in Hong Kong   Date: 27 Oct 2012   Dear Director of AFCD, Mr. WONG Chi-Kong, Alan, Deputy Director of AFCD, Dr. LEUNG Siu-Fai, Assistant Director (Conservation), Mr. CHAN Yiu-Keung, Assistant Director (Country & Marine Parks), Mr. SHAM Chun-Hung, Joseph, We are the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation,

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HKHerp involved in the collection of plastic pellets

HKHerp involved in the collection of plastic pellets In the cleanup of plastic pellets last year, community groups and individuals have demonstrated vitality of the civic society in Hong Kong, the power of strong organization, the enormous synergy of government-community collaboration, as well as the public’s awareness of and concern for nature and the environment.

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PARC 2012 Designated YEAR OF THE LIZARD

HKHerp in partnership with “Partners in Amphibians and Reptile Conservation (PARC)” ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- What are lizards? Lizards are a widespread group of reptiles which belong to Order Squamata, Suborder Lacertilia.  Snakes, in the same order, are the close relatives. The bodies of lizards are covered by scales which is the general characteristic of reptiles.  The scales

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