University Student Sponsorship Programme 2008 - 09


Programme Backgrounder (PDF)

Press Release (PDF)

The University of Hong Kong

Animal Species Dolphins and whales
Research focus Population status
Location Bangladesh
Principal Investigator Mr. Brian D. SMITH
Wildlife Conservation Society
Date 18 January to 1 February 2009
Students WONG Wai Shing, Benny & WONG Wai Ho, Simon
Online blog
Animal Species Chinese sturgeon
Research focus Artificial breeding
Location Hubei, China
Principal Investigator Prof. WEI Qiwei
Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute,
Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences
Date 26 December 2008 to 8 January 2009
Students CHAN Ying Chi, Ginny & LAW Man Suet, Michelle
Online blog
Animal Species Red panda
Research focus Baseline survey on distribution, abundance and population status
Location Nepal
Principal Investigator Mr. Brian WILLIAMS
Earth Island Institute
Date 3 to 17 March 2009
Students SHUM Ting Wing, Bond & LAW Lok Yung, Carol
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Animal Species Philippine crocodile
Research focus Population monitoring
Location San Mariano, The Philippines
Principal Investigator Mr. Merlijn van WEERD
Mabuwaya Foundation
Date 30 January to 8 February 2009
Students YEUNG Chi Kong, TIAN Guangnan, ZHANG Chuchu Jessica
Online blog
Animal Species Giant pandas
Research focus Impacts of bamboo shoot collection on growth and renewal of bamboo species
Location Sichuan Province, China
Principal Investigator Dr. RAN Jianghong
Sichuan University
Date 3 to 19 April 2009
Students CHE Sze Wan Sharon, TAM Kin Chung and LO Lok Man Tommy
Online blog
Animal Species Tortoise and freshwater turtle
Research focus Population distribution and monitoring
Location Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam
Principal Investigator Mr. Timothy MCCORMACK
Cleveland Zoological Society
Date 4 to 19 April 2009
Students HO Ching Yin Nelson, YEUNG Tai Cheong Leo & WONG Yee Fung Yves
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Animal Species Komodo dragon
Research focus Population ecology and conservation
Location Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Principal Investigator Dr. Claudio CIOFI
University of Florence
Date May / June 2009
Students WOO Wai Lok Eddie, WONG Chuk Kwan Mandy
Online blog
Animal Species Giant panda and other wildlife
Research focus Capacity building for wildlife rescue
Location Shaanxi Province, China
Principal Investigator Dr. JIN Xuelin
Shaanxi Wildlife Rescue Breeding and Research Centre
Date May 2009
Students TONG Kun Kau & KWOK Chun Kit Jacky
Online blog
Animal Species Seahorse
Research focus Community-based Initiatives for Seahorse Conservation
Location Danajon Double Barrier Reef , The Philippines
Principal Investigator Dr. Amanda C.J. Vincent
Project Seahorse
Date 7 to 20 May 2009
Students LEE Kin Yu Michelle & YEUNG Chung Wing
Online blog


City University of Hong Kong

Animal Species Yangtze finless porpoise
Research focus Seasonal and spatial distribution and population
Location Poyang Lake, Jiangxi Province, China
Principal Investigator Dr. LI Songhai
Institute of Hydrobiology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Date 10 to 21 January 2009
Students CHOW Ka Chun, Kracer & CHUNG Nga Ting Iding
Online blog
Animal Species Dolphin
Research focus Sustainable dolphin-watching tourism
Location Bali, Indonesia
Principal Investigator Ms Putu Liza Kusuma MUSTIKA
James Cook University
Date 7 to 15 February 2009
Students LAU Chi Yeung Alexson & TUNG Ka Po
Online blog
Animal Species Chinese crested-tern
Research focus Population survey and monitoring
Location Fuzhou, China
Principal Investigator Mr. Simba Y. CHAN
Birdlife Asia Division
Date 13 to 23 May 2009
Students TANG Ka Po Skylar & WU Yat Tung William
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A joint-university project

Animal Species Giant panda and other wildlife
Research focus Reserve patrolling
Location Wanglang Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province, China
Principal Investigator Mr. CHEN Youping
Director of Wanglang Nature Reserve
Date June 2009
Students LI Pui Wang Gabriella (HKU), LI Hong Yi Olivia (HKUST), ZHANG Hao (CUHK) & LI Ping Ping (CityU)
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