Sunday, March 19, 2006

BAIJI DOLPHINS - Hong Kong university students help save endangered animals

China's People Daily Online with an article on some laudable projects undertaken by Hong Kong students.
Eight students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) presented their first-hand experience in the field for conservation projects about endangered Asian animals Thursday, which included giant pandas and white-flag dolphin.

Sponsored by Ocean Park Conservation Foundation of Hong Kong (OPCFHK), the eight students from the department of Ecology and Biodiversity of HKU participated in four different field research projects recently.

The four projects included studying the threatened Chinese white dolphin in Guangxi, studying the ecosystem of the Defending Nature Reserve in Sichuan province, monitoring the finless porpoise and white-flag dolphin population in Poyang Lake of China, and the study of giant pandas using enrichment items designed by students to stimulate giant pandas physically and mentally so as to keep them healthy in zoological facilities.