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