Today, the BSBCC were glad to welcome group visits from 2 different schools. The group from SMK Keningau, Keningau came early in the morning. This time, the students were required to answer sets of questions in the Sun Bear Explorer Book. They obtained the answers from the signboards along the boardwalk. Through this activity, the students were encouraged to make critical thinking and were able to understand better about sun bears and its environment. At the end of the activity, the answers were discussed together. At 2pm in the afternoon, another group from SMK Kemabong, Tenom came to visit our centre. Due to limited time, they didn't do the Sun Bear Explorer activity but instead they were given short briefings and brought for tour at the observation platforms. BSBCC are very happy to see more young people learning about the Mother Nature.
Yesterday, on the 27th July 2017, BSBCC was invited to do awareness programme in Sandakan Baptist Church Kindergarten and today the school group came to visit our centre. The school children were accompanied by their teacher and parents. BSBCC’s Education Team gave a brief introduction and safety precautions before they were brought to the observation platform. After observing the bears in the forest enclosure, the school group engaged with the activity, bear origami. One of our aims in BSBCC is to raise awareness among the public about sun bears. We were glad to share our knowledge on sun bears to them and they really enjoyed learning! Thanks to teachers and parents for their efforts and time to take the school children to visit to our centre and learn about sun bears.
Bear observation on the platform
The children met our Founder and CEO, Dr Wong Siew Te
They can't wait to see the bear through the spotting scope
They patiently wait in line to have a look through the scope
Bellinda, assisting the children to make bear origami step by step
A total of 46 preschool children of Tadika Tai Tong, Sandakan and 24 preschool teachers and parents visited BSBCC today (25th July 2017). Our staff conducted a brief introduction on sun bears to the group by using our sun bear mascot. After that, the children were brought along with their teachers and parents to the observation platforms to see the bears roaming in the forest enclosure. We are happy to all of them enjoy their time learning about sun bears and its environment. We believe that environmental education can help in the efforts to save sun bears and their habitat for generations to come.
Preschool children of Tadika Tai Tong, Sandakan
Before they had a tour at the bear observation platform, they were given a brief introduction about sun bears using mascot.
Group photo with Sunny, the sun bear mascot
The teachers also does not want to miss their chance to take photo with Sunny
The children were divided into two different groups to go to the observation platform
Seeing the sun bears for the first time!
The children view the bears roaming in the forest enclosure with supervision from their teachers and our staff.
The teachers also enjoyed their time observing the bears in the forest
24th April 2017 - BSBCC welcomes a group visit from the students of SMK Sandakan, Sandakan. The students were given a a short briefing before they were brought to the observation platforms to see the sun bears. Most of the students from this group have not visited our Centre before. They were really excited to have a tour around our Centre to see sun bears. We were glad that the students are happy to learn more about sun bears and the environment. Through environmental education, we hope that the students will be more aware on the importance of protecting the environment and help us to spread the words. At BSBCC, we always welcome group visits to our Centre!
Observing the bear up in a tree through a spotting scope
Today 22nd April 2017, we were visited by three groups from MRSM Sandakan, UMS (Conservation Biology Students) and Sk Rancangan Lubuh. The students were given presentation on the description of operations in BSBCC and information about sun bear. After a short briefing about sun bear and operation in BSBCC, the students and teachers then visited the observation platform to see the sun bears roaming in the forest enclosure. Awareness on 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.
Dr Wong Siew Te give his speech on BSBCC's roles and efforts in sun bears conservation to the groups.
Bellinda delivering her presentation.
Students of SK Rancangan Lubuh excited to see the bears!
Bear Keeper, Azzry is giving safety induction for the students.
Andy's Group is helping with the cleaning activities.
We are very honored to have a visit from the US Ambassador, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir. The founder and CEO of BSBCC, Dr. Wong Siew Te delivered a short presentation on BSBCC's roles and efforts in sun bear conservation in sabah before taking the Ambassador to sun bear viewing at the observation platforms. After that, Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdir also spent some time for story telling (The Wild Tree House of Borneo) to a group of students that visited us on the same day. The students were very happy to meet the Ambassador. On the same day of the Ambassador visit, BSBCC also welcomed another two more school visits from from SJK (C) Ming Chung and SK St. Mary Town, Sandakan. As per usual, the students were briefed with a short presentation on sun bears and later they did some activities such as bears observation and doing bear origami. Thank you for visiting us!
Dr. Wong Siew Te delivered a presentation about BSBCC's roles & effort to the guest of honor.
HE Kamala observing the bear in the enclosure through a spotting scope.
HE Kamala reading a story (Wild Tree House of Borneo) to the students
After story telling session, the students participated in the next activity which they did bear origami. They were happy to show their completed origami!
Students from SK St Mary Town Sandakan posing with their completed bear origami
BSBCC presenting a momento to HE Kamala
Dr. Wong Siew Te receiving a momento from the US Embassy
Students from SJK (C) Ming Chung Sandakan were keen to listen on the presentation about sun bears
Risnayati, our Environmental Education Officer doing a brief explaination to the students for the next activity that is bear observation
Students lining up before going to the platform
Students working in partners during bear observation activity
Bellinda assisting the students during bear observation