Chinese Slug Snake (Pareas chinensis)
White-lipped Pit Viper (Trimeresurus albolabris)
Red-necked Keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus)
Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)
Vinegaroon / Whip Scorpion (Family Thelyphonidae)
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Unseen residents show off their mysterious beauty

Hong Kong is home to an extremely diverse array of wildlife, ranging from snakes, frogs and turtles to spiders, skinks and more. Hong Kong houses some of the last remaining species of animals in all of Asia, yet it is the gateway for illegal wildlife trafficking in the region.

With twenty-four designated country parks, twenty-two of which are conservation orientated, around three-quarters of Hong Kong is countryside. As Hong Kong’s land expansion and population take advantage of the incredible landscape-next-door during a tough season of tackling the aftermath of a global pandemic and political showdown, pressure mounts on the city’s wildlife. These exotic animals that lurk in the night, away from the glamour of lights, are often forgotten in the dark.

An exhibition featuring photos from the series, Evenings with Hong Kong’s Wildlife, will be on display at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club. This exhibition is a display of the unique charm of the unseen residents in our city and provides a fresh take on their mysterious beauty – a reminder of why it is vital to keep our animals safe and thriving.

Lawrence Hylton is a Hong Kong-British freelance photojournalist, passionate about storytelling through the lens. His photography work covers a variety of topics that tell the Hong Kong story. It is his mission to promote ecological conservation through his artistic approach to nature photography. His work includes wildlife education as well, using visual tools to document facts and stories about the critters he encounters.

To capture the unique photos of animals, Lawrence embarks on arduous journeys at the night and explores every corner of Hong Kong’s nature to show vibrant and exciting scenes of wildlife that’s just beyond the concrete jungle. Initially starting as a photographic project, Lawrence’s attention turned to environmental concerns between human and wildlife conflicts. His focus quickly turned towards rescuing snakes and sometimes other animals often found trapped inside catchwaters. He tries to educate local hikers in person and online about respecting and protecting Hong Kong’s incredible biodiversity.

 Text & Photos Lawrence Hylton