Yesterday on 13th of March 2019, an outreach organized by Sabah Wildlife Department (Sandakan Branch) with cooperation of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme (HUTAN-KOCP) was successfully carried out in SK Tanjung Papat II, Sandakan. A total of 389 students involved in the whole programme which was divided into two sessions. Activities such as talks, singing, colouring competition and exhibition were done in the whole programme to expose the students with the information about wildlife and instill love to them. Lovely, cheeky and energetic, the students left the whole team exhausted at the end of the programme yet satisfied as we have reach another milestone to shape a better future for our wildlife through education. Thanks to Sabah Wildlife Department for the invitation and HUTAN-KOCP for the continuous support and also SK Tanjung Papat II for the warm greetings!
Visiting groups are usually given presentations and talks about the centre and Sun Bear conservation achievements, with detailed introductions, briefings on Do's and Don‘ts during their visits, and mini activities. The visits usually end with a tour to the platform to observe the rescued bears in their natural forest enclosures. We hope the groups had a great time here and gained new knowledge about Sun Bears, while helping us to spread awareness by sharing experiences with their friends and family. Thanks goes out to all of the school and organization groups for their visits, support, and donations to BSBCC.
Pusat Tusyen Cerdik Minda, Sandakan
UMS Sandakan CSR Landscaping Project
On 9th of March 2019, a group of 55 students from Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture of University of Malaysia Sabah came to BSBCC to carry out the first phase of their CSR work on a landscaping project at BSBCC. The students participated in several minor maintenance jobs, making some changes and planting new plant saplings around the centre perimeter. It is expected the group will come again to carry out the next phase. And of course, before starting the work, the students also seized the chance to observe the sun bears in their enclosures. BSBCC would love to express our sincere gratitude to the UMS students for the generous landscaping project.
Video by Chiew Lin May
Little Logan was missing his left thumb and his left front paw has developed abnormally but these have never made give him up in climbing trees.
Today on 9th of March 2019, a group of 55 students from Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture of Universiti Malaysia Sabah came to BSBCC to carry out the first phase of their CSR work on landscaping project at BSBCC. The students have done several minor maintenance works, doing some changes and planting new plants saplings around the centre perimeter. It is expected the group will come again to carry out the next phase. And of course, before starting the work, the students also seized the chance to observe the sun bears in their enclosures. BSBCC would love to express big sincere gratitude for the UMS students for the generous landscaping project.
Today on 8th of March 2019, BSBCC has been visited by the delegates from Pahang State Secretary Office. During the visit, a presentation was delivered by the founder and CEO of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre -- Dr Wong Siew Te. They also have the chance to do a tour to the BSBCC’s viewing platform to observe our rescued Sun Bears. Thank you for visiting us and we hope that the visit can help us to promote BSBCC and help us to spread the awareness!
Text and Photos by Chiew Lin May
Joe, a three month old sun bear cub, was found by a person alone in the forest at Kg.Kipaku, Tambunan. The person then sent the cub to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park on the 12th of April 2018. The bear arrived on the 22nd of January 2019. We believe that Joe was stolen from his mother in the wild. Joe appeared tame and would suckle his hind paws which are believed to be a result from being kept as a pet for long periods in captivity. He needs to learn all the skills he will require to survive in the wild – skills that he would have learnt from his mother.
We decided to introduce Joe with two resident cubs.
Joe recently completed his quarantine period. He is now one year old and weighs 22kg.
On the 22nd of February 2019, Joe made his first new friends!
Once Joe entered the den, Logan and Romolina started to greet him by growling!
Both started sniffing around while Joe was busy with exploring the new den first. Once the door opened, Logan started to play fight by biting and rolling with Joe.
Logan has shown to be a more fun-loving bear that always initiates play with Joe.
They can wrestle for hours and hours…nonstop PLAY!!
Logan began spending more time with Joe while Romolina always seemed curious and she would paw Joe in a gentle way. Romolina would still like to maintain her independence and is less interested in joining to play. We found Joe being hugged by Logan when they met.
Joe has had a new experience by learning how to defend himself during play fights and wrestling.
We are glad to see Joe has been having a good time with his new friends, Logan and Romolina. These three bears have a close bond and share their food or enrichment together too. Little Romolina and Logan were quick to accept Joe.
The three bears have been venturing out to the larger exercise dens which are filled with different types of enrichment.
They share their dens which can enrich Joe’s life and help stimulate his natural behaviour.
They enjoy playing, exploring and making us fall in love with their beautiful smiles!
This is important for the rescued bears to help them recover from trauma and start to put their past behind them.
Interactions between Joe, Logan and Romolina have shown to be positive. Joe now has a place full of love. Hopefully, this relationship can help Joe become a more confident and stronger bear!
BSBCC was invited by the Conservation Biology Programme of Universiti Malaysia Sabah to participate in the World Wildlife Day 2019 on the 3rd of March 2019 at Anjung Siswa, UMS Kota Kinabalu. Also participating in the event were several other NGOs such as Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS) and many more. BSBCC sent two representatives to attend the event and doing exhibition and also souvenirs sale. The event not only attracted campus students, it also attracted several foreign tourists visiting UMS, which promote eco-campus tourism which attracts visitors to the campus itself. A big thanks to the organizer for the invitation to BSBCC.
Two Environmental Education officers representing BSBCC, Mdm Risnayati and Ms Melynda involved in a talk about “The Bornean Sun Bear & How to Get Involved” today (March 3rd, 2019) at Politeknik Sandakan, Sabah. It marks the unofficial beginning of the Sun Bear Ambassador Programme (SBAP), which is a joint collaboration between BSBCC and Politeknik Sandakan for the local students to get involved with environmental and wildlife education based volunteerism. SBAP is also a great platform for the students to improve their soft skills, especially in communication, leadership, and teamwork. The students were divided into two talk sessions, with 218 (Semester 1 & 3) and 203 (Semester 2) students respectively. They were very interactive and gave great feedback on SBAP. It is hoped that the students will get inspired to help our vulnerable Bornean Sun Bears!
On 2nd and 3rd of March 2019, BSBCC was invited by the Sabah Wildlife Department to join the World Wildlife Day 2019 exhibition and awareness talk carnival in Lahad Datu. The main purpose of this event is to encourage the public to concern about wildlife conservation, and also to promote elements of ecotourism and local cultures. BSBCC sent four representatives (founder of BSBCC, one staff and two volunteers) to attend the event and doing exhibition, and also souvenirs sale. On the first day of the event, an interesting Sun Bear talk was given by the founder of BSBCC – Dr. Wong Siew Te, the students were happy to join the Q & A section too! A big thanks to the organizer for inviting us to join this event to spread the word! Together we save the Sun Bears!
BSBCC featured in a Malay article (Kosmo!) on 2nd of March 2019.