Today, 24th September 2017, we were very honored to welcome a visit from Mr. Stefan Priesner, the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Darussalam. He was accompanied by Ms Gan Pek Chuan, Programme Manager for UNDP Malaysia. They were brought for a tour around our Centre, observing the sun bears in the forest enclosure. Thank you very much for spending the time to visit BSBCC and we hope that they enjoyed to see the bears and on the same time learning about our efforts in sun bears conservation.
Sun bears observation at the platform
Mr. Stefan taking the opportunity to observe the bear in a tree through the spotting scope
Our staf helping Mr. Stefan to take photos through the spotting scope.
Presenting token of apprecation to Mr. Stefan Priesner, th UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Darussalam
BSBCC was honored to welcome the visit of the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister Office, YB Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif, his wife YBhg. Datin Lenny Musa and delegates to the Centre. We hope everyone had a wonderful time observing the sun bears in the forest enclosure and learning about BSBCC's efforts in sun bear conservation in Sabah. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank YBhg. Datin Lenny Musa for adopting Kudat, one of the adult male sun bears at the Centre.
Taking a group photo at the BSBCC AV room
Observing sun bears in the forest enclosure from the observation platform
YB Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif and Mr. Hj. Fadzil (District Forestry Officer of Sandakan) reading the signs at the observation platform.
YBhg. Datin Lenny Musa adopting our sun bear, Kudat.
BSBCC was visited by Mr.Rod Smith the Australia's High Commissioner to Malaysia and Jane Bartlett First Secretary for Australian High Commission to Malaysia, the Australian High Commission delegate was welcomed by our CEO & Founder, Dr. Wong Siew Te. Dr. Wong and touring to view the bears from the observation platform. A big thank you to the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur for their effort to visit and support us.!!!
Observing the bears from a distance using a spotting scope
Dr. Wong helped them to take photo using a mobile phone through the scope
Token of appreciation from BSBCC to the High Commisioner
Today, 2nd August 2017, a MOU between the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), the Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technology Society (BEST) and Dolphin Discovery Centre (base in Australia) has been signed. This MOU is a 5 years agreement between the organizations where they have agreed to work together to develop and improve international tourism relations. We look forward to work with BEST and Dolphin Discovery Centre for the next 5 years.
Dr. Wong Siew Te, the Founder and CEO of BSBCC deliver a presentation before the MOU signing
MOU signing between BSBCC, Dolphin Discovery Centre and BEST.
Token of appreciation from BSBCC to Mr. Albert Teo, the chairman of Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technology Society (BEST)
Token of appreciation from BSBCC to Mr. Rod Kroon, the chairman of Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Inc.
Token of appreciation from Dolphin Discovery Centre to BSBCC
Token of appreciation from BSBCC to Mr. Mark Exeter from the South West Development Commission Australia.
After the presentation and MOU signing, they had a tour to the bears observation platform
After the presentation and MOU signing, they had a tour to the bears observation platform
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
In conjunction with the programme “Program Taklimat dan Lawatan Turun Padang Pengalaman Ecotourism & Clean Air Di Sandakan dan Kota Kinabalu, it was a privilege to have a visit from Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) and Tourism Malaysia. During the visit, short briefings and introductions were delivered by representatives from Sabah Wildlife Department, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, The Sabah Parks and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah. After that, they had a tour to the outdoor nursery of the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and also to the BSBCC’s viewing platform to observe the sun bears. Thank you for visiting us and we hope that this programme can help us to promote the tourism and conservation centres in Sepilok area and help us spread the words.
Introduction from Pn. Jum Rafiah Abd Sukor, Deputy Director of Sabah Wildlife Department
Short introduction about BSBCC from Dr. Wong Siew Te
Short introduction about Sabah Parks from representative of The Sabah Parks
Puan Mariam Omar from Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah
Tour to outdoor nursery Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
Tour to BSBCC
presenting token of appreciation to Mr. Alan bin Abdul Rahim, Under Secretary of Finance Division, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia
presenting token of appreciation to Dato' Sri Abdul Khani Daud, Deputy Director General (Promotion), Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board
On the 22nd July 2016, we were very honored to have Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, a renown conservation biologist visit our Centre. Dr. Lovejoy is also known as the “Godfather of Biodiversity”. He coined the term “biodiversity” from the phrase "biological diversity" in 1980.
Dr. Lovejoy was accompanied by The United States Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs (OES), Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (STC), bilateral division chief Beverli Dewalt and United States Embassy in Malaysia Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer, Todd Hannah.
Wong, BSBCC's Founder and CEO guided them for a tour around the Centre. Dr. Lovejoy is also the author of the book Ecology, Conservation and Management of Southeast Asian Rainforests published in 1995.
Wong presenting a gift to Dr. Lovejoy at during his visit.
Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to Malaysia
We were honored to have the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Dr. Angela Macdonald and delegates visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) on 14th August 2016.
On the 10th January 2016, US ambassador, HE Joseph Y. Yun arrived in Sandakan for an official visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SOURC) and BSBCC. This was the ambassador’s 2nd visit to the Centre after his informal visit in May 2014. Together with the ambassador were delegates of the Portland–Kota Kinabalu Sister City Association, an organization that works on shared concerns ranging from conservation, research and education. Wong and the BSBCC team brought the delegates for a guided walk to observe the sun bears in their enclosures. The visit ended with a presentation of souvenirs to the ambassador and an evening tea session at the SOURC.
Wong (left) handing a souvenir to US Ambassador to Malaysia, HE Joseph Y. Yun (right).
Group photo with US Ambassador to Malaysia with the delegates from Portland
US Ambassador to ASEAN BSBCC was honored to welcome the US ambassador to ASEAN HE Nina Hachigian to the Centre. Nina and her family were on vacation to Sandakan and visited us on the 6th February 2016. The BSBCC team gave the ambassador and her family a tour around the Centre after observing the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
Gloria (left, Environmental Education Executive) with HE Nina Hachigian (right, US Ambassador to ASEAN)
On the beautiful sunny morning of the 14th August 2012, the BSBCC team started the day with a preparation for a remarkable visit of the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, HE Simon Featherstone and his family. Also present during the visit was the Council’s guests, Shire President of Boyup Mr. Michael Giles and his family, the Australian Defence Adviser and Deputy Defence Adviser as well as the new Deputy Director, Office of Australian War Graves, Canberra. Their visit to Sepilok was their first time. The BSBCC team are so honored to welcome them!
They arrived at 2pm, just in time for the bears' 3rd feeding of the day in the forest enclosure. They were welcomed by the Officer in Charge of the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (SOURC), Madam Sylvia Alsisto, together with the BSBCC team and a group of international volunteers.
Madam Sylvia Alsisto (right) welcoming HE Simon Featherstone and his family to Sepilok
Introducing the volunteers working at SOURC and BSBCC
Meet the BSBCC team
Their visit to the BSBCC was led by our Project Manager, Wai Pak and also assisted by other BSBCC staff. Everyone had a close view of the sun bears foraging and socializing in the forest enclosure. The staff described about the urgent needs of sun bear conservation and talked about the unfortunate background of each of the sun bears they saw in the enclosure.
BSBCC Project Manager, Wai Pak introducing the sun bears at the observation platform
After the visit to the BSBCC, the VIP visitors proceeded their visit at the SOURC which they were welcomed by a group of orang utan hanging on bamboo stems at the SOURC entrance. This is followed by a tea session with the staff. The visit ended with a presentation of souvenir to the HE Mr. Simon Featherstone. Warm wishes from the BSBCC staff! We hope you enjoyed your visit at our centre!
HE Simon Featherstone and his wife enjoying the view of orang utans hanging around at the SOURC entrance
Presenting souvenir to HE Simon Featherstone and his wife.