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The following article was published in the Timber Malaysia, Jan-Feb 2009 issue, the magazine published by the Malaysian Timber Council. This is surely a big step toward showing supports and recognition on BSBCC by the Malaysian government. Thank you MTC!
Come and enjoy a fantastic family day out and help us raise money to save the ‘Forgotten Bear’!
On the Sunday 24th and Monday the 25th of May 2009, the Sun Bear Conservation Trust in conjunction with the Rare Species Conservation Centre in Sandwich, Kent are holding a ‘Sun Bear Conservation Weekend’ to raise money for the conservation of Sun Bears – the worlds smallest and least well known bear.
The Rare Species Conservation Centre is home to some of the world's lesser known rare and endangered species, often overlooked in other more mainstream zoological establishments, such as: the Fat Tailed Dwarf lemur, the Arabian Sand Cat and of course, the Sun Bear. The centre was established in 2006 and forms part of The Rare Species Conservation Trust which is a registered U.K. charity (Registered charity number 1119230). Apart from running the Rare Species Conservation Centre, The Rare Species Conservation Trust also supports and runs various other in-situ conservation projects in the field. Thanks to the their kind generosity, members of the Sun Bear Conservation Trust will be hosting a number of stalls and attractions at the centre on the second May Bank Holiday including a raffle, cake stall and information stand, all to raise money for rescued Sun Bears in South-East Asia.
Text by Wai Pak Ng
May 1st 2009, we have our first meeting and remarkable dinner together with the board and staffs of LEAP, later become the soul and heart of BSBCC at Tanjung Aru in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Cynthia, Wong, Sylvia, Heather, James and I were at the dinner that day. This meeting was the first time for many of us met as before we were depending on emails and skype most the time. It must be the same mission and the dedication to help the sun bear that brought us together! It also an important night for BSBCC not only that we all meet for the first time, but also the idea of having the Bear Necessity fund raising evening was suggested by Cynthia for the first time!
At last, BSBCC was born!
During the past one year, BSBCC was just like a baby, trying to start from the very beginning. Thanks for all the helps and support from the government and private sectors, LEAP and partners of LEAP, BSBCC has grown up bits by bits, to the stage we are now. We had achieved our plans like the remarkable Bear Necessities fund raiser dinner. With the first anniversary of BSBCC, we are glad to see more and more people joining us and support the conservation of sun bears. We are happy to have friends in UK that set up Sun Bear Conservation Trust and help us to raise fund. Thank you all!