Ocean Park Conservation Day is an annual signature event of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK) and Ocean Park that aims to enhance the public’s knowledge on local biodiversity, the urgency of conserving endangered species and encourage public to practice "green-living" daily through the fun-yet-educational games and exhibition. Thank you so much, donors and volunteers, for making the event successful every year.
Under the theme of "Horseshoe Crab Conservation", the 25th Ocean Park Conservation Day (Conservation Day) will be held on 11-12 January 2020. There will be an array of activities full of amusing and learning experience on the day of event. This year, upon completion of in-park special tasks, participants will have the chance to redeem a reusable silicone Ziploc bag with horseshoe crab printing! Let’s practice a “plastic-free” living together!
All admission fee for Ocean Park on 11 January 2020 will also be donated to OPCFHK to support wildlife conservation in Asia!
Horseshoe crab conservation
Horseshoe crab is an ancient marine life that has been found on Earth since 470 million years ago. They depend heavily on mudflats and mangroves, and habitat destruction is becoming a threat to their juveniles. On the other hand, the number of adult horseshoe crabs is declining due to threats such as overexploitation for food and their blood as medical reagents. In March 2019, the IUCN Red List has listed one of Hong Kong's most visible species, Tri-spine horseshoe crab, as endangered, reflecting the urgency for horseshoe crab conservation.
Since 2009, OPCFHK has been working with the City University of Hong Kong to carry out horseshoe crab conservation work, including the "Juvenile Horseshoe Crab Rearing Programme", which allows over 4,000 secondary school students to raise human-bred horseshoe crabs, then release them to wild when they are fully-grown in order to increase their survival rate. At the same time, OPCFHK also conducts surveys regularly to monitor the quantity of horseshoe crabs and the environmental changes in their habitats. Mudflat clean-ups have also been organised to protect the habitat and to reduce the impact of marine debris on horseshoe crabs.