Today on the 30th October 2019, a group of Primary 6 students came to BSBCC for an educational visit. The group, coming from SK Sungai Padas, which is a school that we reached out earlier in this month on the 1st of October, comes to see by their own eyes the beauty and cuteness of the sun bear. During the outreach, they were only being able to see the bears in the photos; now at the Centre, they got the opportunity to see the REAL bears in the forest enclosures. Luckily for them the weather was cloudy and lot of bears visible; some were very close to the viewing platform. We hope this will be inspiring the students to love our nature and wildlife more; they are the future generation that will be inheriting the world from us and continuing the job that we are doing now. Thank you SK Sungai Padas!
Video by Chiew Lin May
The rainy season is slowly starting up in Sepliok, Sabah.
Sun bear Logan and Romolina enjoy a small break in the rain.
Video by Chiew Lin May
"Basking in the sun was all I could think about!"-Mary the sun bear
Today on the 27th October 2019, BSBCC visited by a group of 26 students and 3 teachers from UiTM, Kota Kinabalu. As usual, a Sun Bear presentation was given by Education Unit officer - Ms Yvonne, and the group was guided to the 2 observation platforms to see the bears. Although the weather was not good and raining heavily, but they were lucky to get the chance to see the bears get active and climbing (because Sun Bears love the rain)! We are happy to share our Sun Bear and other wildlife knowledge to the students, hope they enjoy the time in BSBCC and we do hope to see you guys again for joining our Sun Bear Volunteer Programme in the future!
The 11th Bornean Bird Festival had been held for two-days on the 26th till 27th October 2019 this year and BSBCC had been invited to set up exhibition booth and mini merchandise shop for the event. The festival, with the theme ‘Our Birds, Our Heritage’ attracted lots of visitors and exhibitors with lots of activities such as birds spotting, tree climbing, zipline crossing and many more even though the two days were rainy and the ground was muddy. For BSBCC, this is a good time and good place to share information to visitors about the Bornean sun bears. As a centre for Environmental Education, RDC has been cooperating with lots of NGOs and agencies to spread the information and love to the environment and the wildlife. It is such a good time and opportunity offered to us; we hope we will be able to co-operate on any future environmental education event. Thank you!
Today on the 26th October 2019, BSBCC received two visits from two different schools; SK Jeroco, Lahad Datu and SK Wakuba, Tawau. They came simultaneously; they enjoyed watching the bears as the weather was cloudy with brief shower. A good way to educate the kids is by showing them the real wildlife in front of them; it can develop loves and make them care about them. Thank you to both schools for the visits.
We would like to say thank you to Tabika KEMAS Rancangan Nangoh and SJK (C) Syn Hua, Sandakan for the visit today! As usual, the groups were given briefing by Madam Gloria (Tabika KEMAS Rancangan Nangoh) and also Ms Yvonne and our volunteer Ms Alicia (SJK (C) Syn Hua). They were happy to see the rescued bears around the forest enclosures. We hope they had a great time here and gained some new knowledge about Sun Bears, while helping us to spread awareness by sharing experiences with their friends and family! Once again, thanks for coming to visit us!
Thanks for today's visit, SK Bandar Sandakan! It was quite a busy month with lots of student groups coming to our centre, since it's approaching the end of this year's school term. 36 students and accompanying teachers of the school's Nature Club came to BSBCC today, all eager to see and learn about the sun bear. The group were given briefing by Ms Melynda, our Education Unit staff before guiding them to the bear observation platforms. The students were then given Sun Bear Explorer workbook each, to deepen their understanding on Sun Bears and their habitats. The visit ended with group photo in BSBCC's garden, before the group continue their journey to RDC for their next environmental activities. #EnvironmentalEducation #BSBCC #SKBandarSandakan #Sepilok #Sandakan #SchoolVisit
Congratulations to Dr Wong Siew Te for being awarded the Kinabalu Award ("Anugerah Kinabalu") - Individual Category from the Sabah State Government during the Kinabalu Awards Ceremony for Environmental Recognition ("Majlis Anugerah Kinabalu Pengiktirafan Alam Sekitar") on the 20th October 2019, in conjunction with the State's National Environment Day Celebration. The award recognizes Dr Wong's efforts in contributing towards environmental protection and awareness in Sabah. It was also an honour for BSBCC to be nominated for the NGO category. Thanks for the recognition and we will continue to work our best to help the endangered wildlife of Sabah!
Today on 20th October 2019, we got a visit from a small group of Primary 6 students from SK Sangau, Kinabatangan. As usual, the group handled was briefed about the safety precautions before touring up to the observation platforms. Guided by a staff from BSBCC EE Unit, they were briefed about the sun bears and their conservation whilst walking to the platforms. Lots of bears showed up; they were filled with excitement. As happy as they are, we are very happy to entertain the visit and hope the message will be spread out there to protect the sun bear and our wildlife.