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Zoo Education Exhibition to showcase extinct animals

     Have you heard of the dodo, woolly mammoth and golden toad? These extinct animals and others will be the focus of the annual roving exhibition, Zoo Education Exhibition 2015,to be held by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

     With extinct animals as the theme this year, the Zoo Education Exhibition 2015 will be held at six LCSD parks, namely Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (HKZBG), Tai Po Waterfront Park, Tuen Mun Park, Yuen Long Park, Kowloon Park and Hong Kong Park from next Saturday (December 5) to January 17, 2016.

     The exhibition will display information panels with photos of different kinds of extinct animals. Visitors will be able to learn more about their characteristics as well as their behaviour and the causes of their extinction. Through this exhibition, visitors can also learn about the interrelationships between animals and the environment, as well as the protection of endangered species.

     A spokesman for the LCSD said that the department hoped the exhibition would help enhance public interest in animal ecology as well as awareness of nature conservation.

     The exhibition will start at the HKZBG, where it will be held from December 5 to 13. In order to make the event even more appealing, Meet-the-Zookeepers sessions and guided tours will take place during the first two days (December 5 and 6) of the exhibition there.

     During the Meet-the-Zookeepers sessions, zookeepers of the HKZBG will tell visitors their experience of daily primate care and animal conservation. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn more about the HKZBG's animals, including Bornean orang-utans, buff-cheeked gibbons, emperor tamarins, golden-headed lion tamarins and pygmy marmosets, as well as black and white ruffed lemurs. This is the third round of Meet-the-Zookeepers sessions organised by the HKZBG this year.

     Guided tours will also be held on December 5 and 6, during which park visitors can tour the HKZBG and see for themselves about 70 mammals, 260 birds and 30 reptiles being kept there.

     Visitors will find plenty to enjoy while taking part in these interactive and fun activities, the spokesman said.

     Interested parties should assemble at the information counter of the HKZBG's Education and Exhibition Centre at specified hours. In addition, park visitors will also be able to join talks and take part in stall games on animal knowledge. Souvenirs will be available for distribution. All activities will be free of charge.

     Please refer to the annex for information on the exhibition periods of the six parks and details of the Meet-the-Zookeepers sessions and guided tours at the HKZBG. Public enquiries can be made to the LCSD's Zoo and Horticulture Education Unit at 2723 6053 during office hours.

Ends/Thursday, November 26, 2015
Issued at HKT 11:00


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