This year, the 18th Environmental Education Race (EERace) has once again chosen BSBCC as one of the pit stop for their race. The EERace is an environmental education programme held annually in the heart of Borneo districts of Sabah. It is organized by the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) under the Sabah Forestry Department, together with many government and private organizations. The aim of the race is to enhance and deepen teacher's knowledge and experiences on the environment.Our course, called the EERace, features 80 % outdoor activities, participant-centred learning, group effort and interesting environment-related assignments. The participants of this race are secondary school’s principals around Sabah. This race started from the 17th of July 2017and will end on the 22nd of July 2017. On the July 19th, 2017 the team has arrived at our centre. All of the participants has no idea on their next destinations and what they will be doing. At BSBCC, the partipants were given a pre assignment where they need to guess the bear’s food. After that, they were given a short talk on BSBCC’s roles and effort in sun bear conservation. Later, they also did bear’s observation on the observation platform. Their next task is where they were required to act as a bear being locked up in a cage! The purpose of this activity is to allow the participants to experience what it feels like to be badly treated by people who visits displayed animals. After this session, they were asked to share their experience to everyone. The creativity of the participants were tested by asking them to create bear’s enrichment using natural materials such as ginger leaves, ropes, fruits and honey. At the end of their activity at BSBCC, the participants were asked to answer a simple question, to test their understanding on the whole activity they went through – related to sun bear’s conservation. It was great to see all of them enjoyed their time at our centre. We look forward for more exciting activities on next EERace! See you again!
After the participants completed the pre-assignment, they will be given a card for their next task.
Guessing bear's food from the Aussie Dog Ball
Talk on BSBCC’s roles and effort in sun bear conservation by Gloria
The participants doing bears observation on the observation platform; they were asked to record the bear's behaviours in a form.
Sharon doing short briefing to the participants before 'Bear Acting' session
Participants asked to stay in small cage for them to experience what it feels like to be badly treated by people who visits displayed animals
Participants asked to stay in small cage for them to experience what it feels like to be badly treated by people who visits displayed animals
Bear enrichment session by Jeremy, assisted by our bear keepers Roger and David
Roger doing demonstration and explaination before the participants make enrichment on their own.
Hands on activity: creating bear's enrichments
Completed enrichments - all made by the participants
Jeremy gave a short briefing before the next task
Group photo before they head to the next destination. Good luck!
From the 10th July 2017 to 12th July 2017, BSBCC education team visited 3 schools at Nabawan District for Wildlife Education and Awareness Programme. Nabawan district is a small town in Interior Division of Sabah (southern part) and the local communities in this area are predominantly Murut. The first school we visited for this outreach is SMK Nabawan, Nabawan. Mr. Henry Anandan, principal of SMK Nabawan was very excited with this program and he was personally wanted to have a sun bear as a conservation mascot for their school. Together with our partners from HUTAN-Kinabatangan OrangUtan Conservation Programme (KOCP) and Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU), various activities were held for the students such as exhibitions, wildlife talks, documentary screening, environmental games and a special activity for the Wildlife Junior Rangers- sun bear oil painting. BSBCC also donated three bear sculptures to this school to be installed at their garden area.
Wildlife Junior Ranger of SMK Nabawan
Jeremy giving a brief introduction about this programme to the students.
SMK Nabawan Wildlife Junior Ranger taking photo with Sunny
Sun bear oil painting activity.
Our partners from HUTAN-KOCP and WRU helping us to install the bear sculpture.
Students showing their sun bear artworks.
Group photo with the Wildlife Junior Ranger students together with the three bear sculptures.
Sun bear painting arts from the Wildlife Junior Ranger students.
On the second day of this education outreach programme, BSBCC's education team together with HUTAN-KOCP and Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) gathered at SMK Nabawan II, Nabawan to bring awareness on wildlife found in the forests of Sabah. We set up a booth alongside HUTAN-KOCP and WRU to share our bear stories with the students. At the same time, we gave an inspiring talk to students on our knowledge and experience about sun bears and our ongoing effort of saving them. About 50 students from the Wildlife Junior Ranger and Nature Club participated in the talk session. We had lots of fun spending time with these young students as they were very enthusiastic to learn about the wildlife in Sabah. Many thanks to SMK Nabawan II, HUTAN-KOCP and WRU for making today's activity possible.
Risnayati, our Environmental Education Officer presented a talk on sun bear
Students also spend their time to see the display at our educational booth
Ranger from Wildlife Rescue Unit explaining their work in wildlife conservation
Students watching a documentary on sun bear was played on the screen at the school
Our last school of outreach programme for this week in Nabawan distirict was SMK Sepulot which is situated almost from 47km Nabawan town. The programme started from 8.30am until 1.00pm. The Wildlife Junior Ranger and Nature Club students had lots of fun learning from all the talks, exhibition and educational activities. We had lots of fun spending time with these young students as they were very enthusiastic to learn about the wildlife in Sabah. Hope they grow to love and protect our native animals. We were grateful to partners from HUTAN-KOCP and Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) involved with this programme. Besides that, many thanks to Sabah Education Department for the approval given to run this programme. It was a big success.
Norhatika from Hutan-KOCP interacting with the students and teachers at their booth
Haslan from Hutan-KOCP giving a talk on orang utan to the students
This morning we welcome students from the Oregon State University, United States. BSBCC Founder and CEO, Dr. Wong delivered a talk on sun bears, how BSBCC was set up and BSBCC's achievements. Then, everyone went for an exclusive tour at the sun bear observation area guided by Dr. Wong himself. It was also our honor to welcome Dr. Wendy Erb, Fulbright Scholar and biological anthropologist and also Shanon Phang from the US Embassy, Kuala Lumpur to BSBCC. Thank you all for visiting us and we hope everyone had a wonderful time learning about the sun bears today!
Starting from 16th June - 20th June 2017, BSBCC Education team joining the Sabah Forestry Department (SFD); Kinabatangan district for the CEPA & CEPA Kit Programme. CEPA stands for the "Conservation, Education, Participation and Awareness" Programme is a platform to convey knowledge and create awareness on the importance of wetlands among its inhabitants. With the theme of environmental education, this programme aims to deliver message and spread the knowledge of biodiversity conservation among local communities and school kids. Three schools are selected along the Ramsar site in Kinabatangan area which are SK Tidung Tabin, SK Tundon Bohangin and SK Sri Ganda. Hopefully, with this programme we can help to enhance the community engagement in wildlife conservation in Sabah.
SK Tidung Tabin - Intern students from Sabah Forestry Department giving introduction about Ramsar site in Kinabatangan.
SK Tidung Tabin
SK Tidung Tabin - Ms. Noorzeelah from HUTAn-KOCP delivering her talk about orang-utan in Sabah.
SK Tidung Tabin, Kinabatangan - Mr. SM Tukiman from the Royal Malaysia Police delivering his talk on drug abuse.
SK Tidung Tabin, Kinabatangan - School kids reading our bear profile.
SK Tidung Tabin, Kinabatangan - Ms. Risnayati explaining the function of enrichment materials to the school kids.
SK Tidung Tabin, Kinabatangan - Ms. Sharon showing a bear skull to the kids.
SK Tidung Tabin, Kinabatangan - Intern student from UPM explaining about the Ramsar site.
SK Tidung Tabin, Kinabatangan - Mr. Darwis from HUTAN-KOCP sharing his knowledge about the diet of orang-utan.
SK Tidung Tabin, Kinabatangan - Royal Malaysia Police and RELA team.
SK Tidung Tabin, Kinabatangan - Thanks all for the participation in this programme.
SK Tundon Bohangin, Kinabatangan - Ms. Sharon showing a bear profile and sharing their background history to the Pre-school students.
SK Tundon Bohangin, Kinabatangan - Mr. Johry from Sabah Forestry Department sharing his information about Ramsar site to the school teachers.
SK Tundon Bohangin, Kinabatangan Sun bear talk from Ms. Risnayati.
SK Tundon Bohangin, Kinabatangan - Token of appreciation from Sabah Forestry Department to the Headmaster of SK Tundon Bohangin.
SK Tundon Bohangin, Kinabatangan - Group photo.
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan - Ms. Risnayati introducing herself to the students before starting her talk on sun bear.
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan - Interactive students while Ms. Risnayati deliver her talk on sun bear.
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan - Mr. SM Tukiman from the Royal Malaysia Police having a Q&A session with the students and teachers after delivering his talk on drug abuse.
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan - Mr. Adnan, Headmaster of SK Sri Ganda giving his appreciation speech to students and other organisations that involved.
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan - Token of appreciation from Sabah Forestry Department to the Headmaster of SK Sri Ganda.
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan - Token of appreciation from HUTAN-KOCP to the Headmaster of SK Sri Ganda .
SK Sri Ganda Kinabatangan - Token of appreciation from BSBCC to the Headmaster of SK Sri Ganda.
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.