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!
Today, we were visited by a group of students from National University of Singapore. They were accompanied by their teacher, together with APE Malaysia coordinators. The students were given a short presentation on sun bears and BSBCC works before they had a tour at the observation platforms. At the platform, they were given a simple task where they need to observe the bear behaviours within a period time. They were really lucky today as it was raining heavily and they were able to observe many bears being active and playful in the rain! Thank you for spending the time for visiting us and we hope that they learn more about sun bears and its environment, and help us spread the words!
A school visit from SK Karamunting Preschool, Sandakan visited BSBCC today, 11th May 2017.There were 56 students and 16 teachers and parents involved in this visit. The school children came together with their teachers and parents. They were given a short introduction on sun bears using sun bear mascot and later they were brought to the observation platforms to see the bears roaming in the forest enclosure. The children together with their parents and teachers enjoyed their time at our Centre learning about sun bears and the environment. We were glad to share our knowledge on sun bears to them. We believe that environmental education can help in the efforts to save sun bears and their habitat for generations to come.
Today April 27th, 2017 BSBCC received group visit from SK Segama. BSBCC’s education team brought in total 40 preschool students that came with their teachers and parents. After a short briefing about sun bear by one of the education team, the students and teachers then visited the observation platform to see the sun bears roaming in the forest enclosure. We believe that environmental education is vital and can help to further conserve the sun bears. We were glad that the students had a great time in our Centre and we hope that they learned more about sun bears and their environment.
They were very happy to meet 'Sunny' the sun bear!
Introduction to sun bear using our sun bear mascot, 'Sunny'
More than 70 students from University Malaysia Sabah's Institute of Tropical Biology and Conservation visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and BSBCC to experience conservation works on the ground. The students were divided into several groups to learn the operations of both rehabilitation Centres. Yesterday each groups presented their experience working at both Centres for a day. It was a great learning opportunity for these future conservationists and hope to have more groups coming in future.
Dr. Wong sharing his experiences in wildlife conservation
Dr. Wong receiving token of appreciation from UMS
Students sharing their experience
The students were divided into several different groups to complete their tasks
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.
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
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