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With the success of last year's "Bornean Sun Bear Hero Project", the MARA Junior College (MRSM) of Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens is organizing this year's "Bornean Sun Bear Hero Project 2.0" with the same objective: to increase community awareness, especially among school children, in protecting and conserving Sun Bears, as well as incorporating the message of Global Sustainable Development 2030 into the programme (Goal 15: Life on Land). As one of the activities for this global project, MRSM invited Dr Wong Siew Te as the Skype guest speaker for the Virtual Field Trip session entitled "Meet Malaysia's Papa Bear". With the participation of 15 schools (~300 students) from 10 countries, it was a very interactive programme and BSBCC can't wait for the next collaboration with MRSM!
Text by Nathaly Velarde
Photos by Chiew Lin May
Hello my name is Nathaly Velarde and I’m from Sweden. I will graduate in 2 months from Spanga Gymnasium. Every year my school sends 4 volunteers to Borneo for an internship so we can gain experience, knowledge of how a zookeeper works. Which I’m so thankful for and I hope they keep sending more students to Borneo so they learn everything we have learnt about sun bears and rehabilitation.
On the 1st of May 2019, a group of staff from Employees Provident Fund (EPF) or Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) Sandakan Branch visited BSBCC to do a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work.
Their arrival were warmly greeted and the whole visit were preceded with an introductory talk about the sun bears and followed with observation session at the platform.
Next to it, the group was separated into two smaller groups in which the first group were given the task to clean several empty enclosures and collecting enrichment materials such as rotten logs, branches and termite mounds, in which they were needed to trek into the forest, bumping into a group of macaques! The other group helped the Environmental Education team to prepare some of the educational materials for future use.
It was a tiring and pretty exhausting day for them all, but it was also enjoyable for them and for BSBCC. Thank you KWSP Sandakan for the visit and the help given to us.