The Malayan Sun Bear Awareness Week at Melaka Zoo has started today and BSBCC is glad to be part of the event. Dr. Wong presented a talk and BSBCC booth was set up to share information with the public about sun bear conservation in Malaysia. Also present as exhibitors were APE Malaysia and Malaysia Nature Society that are currently working on the protection of sun bears in Malaysia. A representative from the Department of Wildlife and National Park Peninsular Malaysia was also present to support the event. The awareness programme will continue until the 4th June 2017. Come and visit Melaka Zoo and learn about sun bears!
Harith from APE Malaysia, explaining about enrichments
Today, Dr.Wong Siew and the BSBCC education team are at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts (KLPAC) for the Yayasan Sime Darby Environmental Day 2017 (YSDED 2017). The YSDED 2017 event aims to raise public awareness, interest and understanding on the importance to protect and conserve the environment, climate change and its impact as well as to encourage community participation, especially for the younger generation, to take part in environmental conservation and adopting sustainable practices in our lifesytle. The opening ceremony is officiated by YSD Chairman, YABhg. Tun Musa Hitam, as well as the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, YB. Dato' Sri Dr. Hj Wan Junaidi Tunku Jaafar. Various activities offered during this event which includes exhibitions and demonstrations, eco-friendly products and services, art activities and environmental documentaries and films screenings, environmental talks and forums. Come and join us at the KLPAC from 9.00 am - 10.30 pm. We are happy to share the valuable knowledge about sun bears and their habitat to the public. #ysded2017 #connecting2nature #bsbcc #sunbear #awarenessprogramme
Our BSBCC education team getting ready at the booth.
Dr. Wong Siew Te delivering his talk on 'What We Should Do To Save Sun Bears In Malaysia"
The Ekspresi Negaraku programme was held at Padang Bandar Sandakan, Sandakan, Sabah. Ekspresi Negaraku is programme to remind Malaysians to love and be loyal to the nation, as well as inculcating the spirit of patriotism among Malaysian. Dr. Wong Siew Te, BSBCC Founder and CEO was selected as one of the Icon Negaraku. This event is launched by Malaysia's Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Many fun activities were held during this event including exhibitions from various organisations.
#ekspresinegaraku #mynegaraku #bsbcc #wongsiewte
Wira Negaraku, Dr. Wong Siew Te
Malaysia's Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak delivering his speech
After the school outreach programme at Ranau District where the majestic Mount Kinabalu lies on, our team continue to go for outreach to Kota Belud District from the 9th of April to 13th of April 2017. This time, the outreach programme is organized by our partner HUTAN – KOCP and we were glad to participate in this programme. We visited 5 different schools near Kota Belud Town (SMK Taun Gusi II, SK Sembirai, SMK Pekan II Kota Belud, SK Pekan Kota Belud, SMK Arshad). This outreach programme were participated by Wildlife Rescue Unit, the Sabah Wildlife Department and BSBCC. Many interactive activities conducted and a few talks from each participating organisations were delivered during this programme. We were happy that the students enjoyed the programme and we hope that they learn more about the Mother Nature. Thanks to our partner HUTAN – KOCP for inviting us and we look forward to join more awareness programme in the future!
Ms Risnayati Lammu, BSBCC Environmental Education Officer presenting her talk
Wildlife Rescue Unit Booth
Interactive activity - introduction to Clouded Leopard
Jeremy Jeffrey presenting his talk at SMK Pekan II Kota Belud
Q&A session with student
Teachers visiting our booth
One of the students receiving gift from BSBCC during Q&A session
The BSBCC education outreach programme is continuing to be conducted and this time the BSBCC education team visited schools in Ranau district. We started our outreach programme by joining the Community Policing Programme at Genting Suan Lamba Estate on the 2nd April 2017 organized by HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme. We were given a chance to share information about sun bear to students and community at Suan Lamba Estate from the talk session and exhibitions that we had prepared. On the next day (3rd April 2017) BSBCC outreach programme continued running in Ranau. We had visited 5 schools in Ranau that involves 2,112 students and 112 teachers. We invited our partners from Hutan-KOCP and Sabah Wildlife Department, Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU), Danau Girang Field Centre, Borneo Bird Club and Sabah Parks to join us and we organized various environmental education activities for the students. All of the students enjoyed their time learning about the environment and wildlife species through exhibitions, talks and some activities.
Community of Genting Suan Lamba Estate participating in the programme
Exhibition by Sabah Wildlife Department
Students from the school in the estate also have the chance to visit our booth.
Ice breaking session conducted by Jeremy
Clarice from Danau Girang Field Centre delivering her talk to the students
Exhibition from Wildlife Rescue Unit
Alim Biun from Sabah Parks presented his talk to the students
Sun Bear interpretation using sun bear mascot
Students of SK Lohan
Arsenia from Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) presenting her talk about WRU's works
Prize presentation for animal mask colouring competition
Clouded Leopard interpretation by Alif from HUTAN-KOCP
One of the activities held during the programme is clouded leopard interpretation; one of the students was invited to b the 'clouded leopard'
BSBCC educational booth
Melvin from Sabah Wildlife Department talking about Protected Species of Sabah
Short briefing from Gloria before the programme starts
On the 13th March 2017, BSBCC outreach programme continued running in Telupid district after outreach at Beluran district last week. There were 4 schools involved, which were SK Telupid, SK Tangkungon, SK Wonod and SMK Tongod together with HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orang Utan Conservation Programme (KOCP),Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU), Danau Girang Field Cente, this programme aims to raise awareness among students and communities about our rich environmental heritage and wildlife. We were very happy to have chance to share the interesting facts about our wildlife to the students and teachers. All of the students enjoyed their time learning about the environment and wildlife species through exhibitions, talks and some activities. We hope that they can gain more knowledge on the importance of protecting the environment and our precious wildlife species.
The International Eco-School Conference is an international initiative designed to guide schools in implementing a whole- school approach towards environmental and sustainability education. WWF invites schools from different places to join the Eco-schools Program. The conference participated by more than 100 students and 25 teachers from 27 schools across Malaysia and Thailand.
This Program was held in the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) , Sepilok Sabah on 13th – 17th December 2016. The activities included educational trips to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (SOURC), Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey.
One of the workshop during International Eco-School Conference in RDC, a woodcut printmaking from Pangrok Sulap. Pangrok Sulap is a Sabah based DIY art collective combining art and social message through woodprints.
Dr. Wong delivering his talk at the event.
The International Eco-School Conference 2016 was officially started with keynote speech by field experts and Eco-School presentations. Dr. Wong Siew Te (Founder and CEO at BSBCC) was also invited to give his talk at the conference. The talk from Dr. Wong is about wildlife and tourism in the forest ecosystem. Wildlife and tourism are important resources and forests are seen to have a significant role for tourism. The talk was great and really useful, hopefully the participants will gain interest and knowledge about the importance of conserving our forest as wildlife habitat which contributes to the economy to the country.
Dr. Wong receiving a token of appreciation from Thiagarajan Nadeson, Eco-Schools Programme Coordinator, Malaysia National Eco-Schools Committee Chairperson.
BSBCC was part of this program on the 14th-15th December. The education team had prepared a few activities for the students. The students had a presentation on sun bears and our Centre, they were then asked to complete some activities and answer quiz questions based on the information given to them and their own ideas.
Sharon giving a presentation about sun bear and the Centre.
After they had completed their tasks, we went through and talked about the answers together. The students enjoyed their activities and we look forward for more exciting activities on next International Eco-School Program.
Bellinda explaining the task that will be given to the participants.
Jeremy interacting with the participants at BSBCC enrichment corner.
The participants busy looking for answers from the interpretative signboards.
The Sabah Wildlife Department organized, the Orangutan Awareness Week on the 12th-13th November 2016 at Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah. There were 600 students from more than 10 schools in Sandakan district participated in this event. There were a lot of activities, held during this two days event including exhibitions, talks and workshops by partners in conservation including BSBCC, WWF, Wildlife Rescue Unit, Borneo Bird Club, Borneo Conservation Trust, HUTAN-KOCP and also representatives from the local tour operators.
Visitors to our booth learning about sun bears from our staff.
Talk on sun bears and BSBCC by Mr. Jeremy, BSBCC’s Centre Coordinator.
The orangutans are now a Critically Endangered species according to the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species. This event aims to raise awareness among the public about the orangutans that are facing threats from hunting and habitat destructions. Both the orangutans and sun bears share the same habitat and they are a forest dependent species. Through this event, the public awareness on the importance of protecting the environment can be increased and the members of the public were indirectly involved and supporting our conservation work. Thank you to Sabah Wildlife Department for inviting us to participate in this event.
Mr. Augustine Tuuga, Director of the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) during the VIP visit to BSBCC booth.
The BSBCC education team visited 3 district within one week which is Smk Beluran on 7th April 2016, SK Gabungan and SMK St.Mary Sandakan, SMK Telupid in Telupid, Sabah on the 14,15 and 16 April 2016. Teachers, students and parents were very welcoming to the EE team which comprised of several organizations including BSBCC, HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme (HUTAN-KOCP) and Sabah Wildlife Department.
Awareness of the environment and wildlife is an issue which should be reasonably considered. Knowledge, skills and values as well as positive attitude towards the environment can be developed through environmental education. To create a generation that is more environmentally aware, students should be given information on the importance of preserving and conserving the environment. We were very happy to have the chance to share our knowledge and experience of working with Sun Bears to the students! All of the students enjoyed their time learning about the environment and wildlife species from the talk, exhibitions and educational activities. We hope that they can gain more knowledge on the importance of protecting the environment and our precious wildlife species.
The crowd - SMK Beluran Bestari
carrying out interactive wild animal games
Jeremy presenting a token of appreciation to a principal of Smk. Beluran.
Students of SM St.Mary visiting BSBCC booth
Gloria explaining one of the enrichment for the bears.
Students from the Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Tun Fuad Stephen in Sandakan visited BSBCC on the 16th February 2016. BSBCC’s education team brought the 88 students that came around the visiting area for an interpretative walk to observe the sun bears while learning about the sun bears’ ecology and threats.
The guided tour was created for the benefit of allowing students to contribute some of their time and resources, be it expertise or experience for the betterment of a charismatic species that is found endemic to Borneo, that is the Bornean sun bear. They will be able to share the sun bear information to the public and to promote and encourage public to involve in wildlife conservation.
To create a generation that is more environmentally aware, students should be given information on the importance of preserving and conserving the environment. We were very happy to have the chance to share our knowledge and experience of working with sun bears to the students. All of the students enjoyed their time learning about the environment and wildlife species from the talk, and tour around the Centre. We hope that they can gain more knowledge on of protecting the environment and our precious wildlife species.
OUTREACH PROGRAMMES- SK. BANDAR SANDAKAN
The first school BSBCC’s education team visited this year was SK Bandar Sandakan. The primary school located 5 minutes away from Sandakan town comprised of 610 students. The school was more than happy to have all their students involved in the programme which started at 7.30 am after the school’s weekly assembly. BSBCC was fortunate to have the support from other Sabah-based organizations; HUTAN-KOCP, Sabah Wildlife Department and Sandakan Borneo Bird Club.
The programme aims to raise awareness among students about the importance of protecting wildlife, their habitat and the environment as a whole. The programme started with a brief introduction by BSBCC and introduction of each organizations that were present. This was followed by a talk on the protection of wild animals by Mr. Aznandy from Sabah Wildlife Department. The kids were excited to learn about the diversity of our wildlife. They were amazed of the existence of many species endemic to the Bornean island.
Talk on Protected Wildlife Species in Sabah by Mr. Aznandy from, Sabah Wildlife Department Officer
The Sandakan Borneo Bird Club conducted an interactive activity where students were told to mimic the song of birds found in Borneo. The best bird call mimic won a prize. Encik Haslan from HUTAN–KOCP was next to present a brief talk about orangutans and efforts done to conserve them. Being the slowest reproducing mammal in the world, they are highly prone to extinction.
Last but not least, Miss Gloria from BSBCC introduced the sun bears to the kids. Our sun bear mascot, Sunny was also present to help the kids understand better about the physical characters of a sun bear.
As Sunny appeared on stage, the students got excited and were eager to learn more about the sun bears. BSBCC team together with the supporting organizations set up display booths at the school. This helped to share our stories about wildlife even better, especially for the students to understand more about the importance to conserve them. Special thanks to the support from the Sandakan Education Department and the SK Bandar teachers who were glad to work together with us to raise awareness in environmental conservation among these students.
Students visiting BSBCC booth.
Carol from the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club assisting students to observe birds through a spotting scope.
Sunny’s photo session with the kindergarten students