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Hong Kong Wildlife

Above: a lizard seen in the New Territories where there're green hills and trees.

You may have seen photos of urban Hong Kong and figure that there is nothing but concrete and glass. Actually, 75% of Hong Kong is not developed and there is some wildlife - well, not too wild, just not domesticated.

Snakes are probably the most common when it comes to dangerous wildlife, and some of them are poisonous. There are also wild boars, though they are not as often seen.

Monkeys would be the most common among those that might get wild. In fact if you go hiking in Shatin or Shing Mun Country Park, you might run into them. Some have become very bold and grab at grocery bags. So beware!

Amidst the Hong Kong skyscrapers, you would be surprised that it's common to find black kites (birds of prey) soaring and riding the air currents. If you'd like to see some, head for one of the 'typhoon shelters' like Shau Kei Wan Typhoon Shelter, and you'll see them above you looking for food. No worries, usually they don't dive bomb people.

Close to the northern border of Hong Kong is an area called Mai Po which is famous for being a sanctuary for migratory birds. And then there's the Wetland Park in the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, New Territories.

There're pink dolphins around Hong Kong waters. Boat tour operators are glad to help you catch a glimpse of them - if they cooperate, the dolphins, that is.

From time to time, there would be reported sightings of sharks near beaches. In fact due to some shark attacks a few years ago, most government managed beaches have a shark net set up in the water around the beach to protect swimmers. Can you swim outside of that? Of course! The sharks have to be fed with fresh meat somehow!

Above: soneone poised with his weapon ready to shoot any wildlife that came into sight in Mai Po.

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