Sun bears are the least researched bear species in the world. We believe on-going research is key to this species' protection.
Difficult terrain, low numbers, and their shy and elusive nature have historically made research difficult. As sun bear's range is exclusively within developing countries, they are also a low priority in government research policies.
BSBCC provides the capacity to study captive bears up-close and in their natural environment. This facilitates research on captive sun bears and enables preparation for research on wild sun bears.
CEO and Founder, Siew Te Wong’s own research directly informed the creation of BSBCC. Siew Te Wong conducted the very first ecological study of wild sun bears in the rainforest of Sabah, Malaysia Borneo in 1998. Since then, his career has focused on the research and ecological conservation of the Malayan sun bear and employed what has been discovered to help save the species through care of bears directly and improvement of their profile.
Sun bear research by Siew Te Wong, Founder and CEO