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Ocean Park Hong Kong

Arrived in Hong Kong from Chengdu last night local time. Spent most of today at Ocean Park, a zoo and aquarium here that is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Although most members of this accreditation-based association are in the US, where AZA itself is based, a number of zoos and aquariums from other countries have applied and passed the comprehensive accreditation process. It's always a benefit to visit other AZA organizations, for new ideas on animal care, exhibit design and guest amenities. And since it seems unlikely I'll get back to Hong Kong anytime soon...

At Ocean Park, it was great to see a major emphasis on conservation communication. Lots of focus in particular on climate change, with many parallels to our own initiatives to engage our Philadelphia Zoo guests as partners in "saving energy to save wildlife". I'm including a photo of a couple of their many signs and interactive exhibits on climate change.

ocean park hong kong conservation sign

ocean park hong kong conservation sign


Also saw some great examples of positive reinforcement training. I'm including a short video showing part of a demonstration/training session with a walrus—not something you see every day! Training like this can create very exciting demonstrations, allowing keepers to show natural behaviors and abilities of the animals they care for. But most important is how it can contribute to good animal care. For example, we use these same techniques to train a number of our animals, including big cats, great apes, antelope and even kangaroos, to accept voluntary injections, for vaccinations or anesthesia. This is much less stressful than the traditional use of a dart gun for many such injections.


Heading out for a recommended restaurant for dinner, after failing to track down traditional Hong Kong egg waffles this morning.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Arrived in Hong Kong from Chengdu last night local time. Spent most of today at Ocean Park, a zoo and aquarium here that is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Although most members of this accreditation-based association are in the US, where AZA itself is based, a number of zoos and aquariums from other countries have applied and passed the comprehensive accreditation process. It's always a benefit to visit other AZA organizations, for new ideas on animal care, exhibit design and guest amenities. And since it seems unlikely I'll get back to Hong Kong anytime soon...

At Ocean Park, it was great to see a major emphasis on conservation communication. Lots of focus in particular on climate change, with many parallels to our own initiatives to engage our Philadelphia Zoo guests as partners in "saving energy to save wildlife". I'm including a photo of a couple of their many signs and interactive exhibits on climate change.

Also saw some great examples of positive reinforcement training. I'm including a short video showing part of a demonstration/training session with a walrus—not something you see every day! Training like this can create very exciting demonstrations, allowing keepers to show natural behaviors and abilities of the animals they care for. But most important is how it can contribute to good animal care. For example, we use these same techniques to train a number of our animals, including big cats, great apes, antelope and even kangaroos, to accept voluntary injections, for vaccinations or anesthesia. This is much less stressful than the traditional use of a dart gun for many such injections.

Heading out for a recommended restaurant for dinner, after failing to track down traditional Hong Kong egg waffles this morning.