An­i­mals

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If there’s a can­di­date for of­fi­cial Hong Kong an­i­mal, it’s the Chi­nese white dol­phin—known in Hong Kong as the pink dol­phin. In fact, they were the of­fi­cial mas­cot of the 1997 Han­dover. And like so many things since then, they’re fac­ing ex­tinc­tion—thanks to pol­luted wa­ters, over­fish­ing and ex­ten­sive con­struc­tion projects. The num­ber of pink dol­phins around the city plum­meted from 158 in 2003 to just 62 in 2015. Other wildlife fac­ing the same fate in­clude the hawks­bill tur­tle, for sim­i­lar rea­sons; the Chi­nese pan­golin, rapidly di­min­ish­ing due to poach­ing; and Romer’s tree frog, first dis­cov­ered on Lamma Is­land in 1952 and en­tirely in­dige­nous to Hong Kong.

How to save them: Vol­un­teer or do­nate to the WWF at wwf.org.hk

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