We are honoured to be part of Kind Malaysia 2023, the two-day event that aims to connect kind-hearted people, like-minded individuals from non-profit organisations, responsible corporations, and small-to-medium-sized enterprises to forge relationships that will demonstrate KINDNESS towards the community. Our founder, Dr. Wong Siew Te, was one of the panellists for Panel Discussion 1, with the topic "Kindness Unites Humanity," which was held in the morning session and followed by giving Pocket Talks in the afternoon.
We are more than happy to spread our words to save the world's smallest bear species and connect with kind-hearted people who support us in helping the sun bears by buying our merchandise during this event. May your KINDNESS be blessed!
Appreciation to the Kind Malaysia 2023 organisers for making such a programme that provides us a platform to interact with other organisations and corporations. We hope that we can support each other in many ways in the future. Thank You!
We are delighted to welcome a group of members of Harley Davidson for the visit today. They were given an introduction to Sun Bears and the BSBCC's efforts at conserving them by our founder Dr. Wong Siew Te, followed by a guided tour to the observation platform to observe the rescued Sun Bears in the natural forest enclosures.
We would like to say thank you to them for adopting our 2 rescued Sun Bears - Fulung and Joe, and also the donation of bananas and honey! 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, and your kind donation and adoption!
“Connect, Conserve, and Collaborate” Art Exhibition and Fundraising Event at LUMA hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The launching of the Art Exhibition and Coffee Experience fundraising event for the sun bears took place today at 3pm at The LUMA Hotel, Kota Kinabalu. Dr. Wong, Mr. Alan Wong (Executive Director, The LUMA Hotel) and Wayne Liew Executive Director, Crack Inc.) gave their respective speeches to the audiences present which included partners, friends, supporters, media, social media influencers, and the artists that contributed their talents for the event.
A total of 5 paintings were sold today and we hope to see more visitors to the art display at The LUMA Hotel during the next few days. The exhibition will continue until the 4th December 2022.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank The LUMA Hotel and Crack Inc. for exclusively adopting our sun bears and the amazing efforts to make this event happen. Not forgetting all talented artists that have contributed their time and efforts to produce stunning sun bear themed artworks for this event. Proceeds from each artwork sold will be contributed to the BSBCC.
We are glad to be part of the North Borneo Rainforest Festival 2022. The two-day event that was held at Heritage Village Phase II, Sabah State Museum, gave us the chance to raise public awareness on nature and wildlife conservation as well as introduce BSBCC's efforts on conserving the world's smallest bear, the sun bear.
Activities were done to introduce the sun bears to the public, such as a talk about BSBCC from Dr. Wong Siew Te, booth exhibitions, wildlife face mask colouring, quizzes, and a forest animal magnet card.
Other than that, there are cultural arts activities, musical performances, and traditional food trucks that promote the diversity of Sabah's culture and nature.
It’s been a busy week for us this week as we have received big group visits 2 days in a row after our outreach programme to SK. Nunuyan last Monday. These group visits are Girl Guides group, SK. Simpangan group and SMK Telupid group.
The Girl Guides group consisted of 223 pax that were not only from Malaysia but also from Philipines, Sri Langka, Singapore, Cambodia and Maldives. SK. Simpangan and SMK Telupid groups consisted of 53 and 34 pax of students and teachers, respectively.
The groups are given a short briefing about our Centre, followed by a guided tour to the observation platform to observe the rescued sun bears in their natural forest enclosures.
We are honoured to receive these group visits as they travelled from distant locations just to experience the nature and wildlife. We are also glad that we can spread the word about our efforts to save sunbears and raise their awareness about nature and wildlife conservation. We hope they had a great time here and gained new knowledge about sun bears and their habitat. Thank you!
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School and community outreach on Wildlife Conservation Awareness and Education Programme at Kg. Bambangan, Sandakan.
On the 19th October 2022, BSBCC organised a Wildlife Conservation Awareness and Education Programme to Kampung Bambangan, Sandakan, which lies at the vicinity of Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. This is the first programme of such organised by BSBCC targeting the community, and more will be coming soon. The programme aimed to reach the community living near to forest reserve to raise the awareness on conservation and providing a platform for state departments, NGOs and related agencies to exchange information on relevent issues.
The programme was preceded by a school outreach programme in SK Bambangan, targeting the school students and teachers in the morning. A total of 187 students and 17 teachers reached in this programme. At the same time, community members and students were visiting the exhibition booths prepared by BSBCC, Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme (HUTAN-KOCP), Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC), Orangutan Appeal UK, Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC).
This was followed with mini sports games to foster good relationship between the community and the organiser. At night, the community attended talks given by Sabah Wildlife Department, TRCRC, HUTAN-KOCP and BSBCC. An estimated number of around 150 community members attended the talks (exceeding the expected number!) with several issues related to wildlife conflict and legals were discussed. With this, it is hoped that the issues were clarified for suitable future actions and will lead to a better environment for human, wildlife and nature.
BSBCC would love to extend the biggest gratitude to Ministry of Finance (MOF) for the funding of this programme and all the participations from state department, agencies, NGOs, Kampung Bambangan's Development and Safety Committee and SK Bambangan in making this programme a success. Thank you!
As part of our efforts to raise public awareness about sun bear conservation, the BSBCC Environmental Education Unit organised a Wildlife Conservation Awareness and Education Programme in October for schools in Sandakan District together with Sabah Wildlife Department, HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orang Utan Conservation Programme (KOCP), Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Orang Utan UK Appeal and Seratu Aatai.
Today, we reached out to the first school, which is SMK Tinusa. Educational booths were set up, with activities such as presentations and mini-games were done to spread awareness about nature and wildlife conservation to the students.
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A big thank you to the lovely hearts of Harper and Evy, who did fundraising to support BSBCC. They have visited BSBCC in the past summer and since then, Harper has decided to do fundraising to help BSBCC in her town, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Harper and Evy set up a booth during their school carnival, named "Kisses for Sun Bears." They sold little bags of Hershey's Kisses for a donation to the sun bears and educated people about the Bornean Sun Bears. They have raised about $542 USD (2513.53 MYR) and are donating the money to BSBCC.
Dear Harper and Evy,
Thank you for your generous donation to support BSBCC. We are very grateful to have the young fundraiser like you. People like you are such an inspiration to all. They say that money can’t buy you love, and that’s a fact. However, you have shown your love through your donation. Thank you for creating a way to help the sun bears.
International Sun Bear Day 2022 has been a success! The celebration was informally started two days before with the mask coloring activity with the children coming to BSBCC starting from 14th May until 16th May, followed by the Zumba Dance Fundraiser on the 15th May. On the 16th of May, the event was formally launched with the opening speech from Yayasan Sime Darby Excellence Scholars and followed by a virtual tour from Dr. Wong Siew Te. The tour was filled with interactive Q&A session between Dr. Wong and the audience, sharing them with stories and personal experience about the sun bears with the emphasize on the event’s theme, “Healthy Forest, Happy Wildlife”.
At the same time, Sandakan Vocational College students were doing paintings based on the event’s theme. Soon after, the Kahoot Quiz was carried out by the YSD Excellence Scholars, testing participants comprehension about the sun bears.
The birthday celebration and cake cutting ceremony for Dr. Wong’s birthday was done shortly after the lunchtime. It was indeed a memorable moment for Dr. Wong, whose birthday coincided with the release of Natalie back in 2015, in which the first Sun Bear Day was celebrated in 2017 to commemorate Natalie’s release.
After the ceremony, the students were guided by the Bear Care Unit to create enrichment for the bears. The enrichment consist of ginger leaves tied tightly with vines and dipped into a solution of shrimp paste, producing a strong smell to attract the bears. The students got the chance to see the bears enjoying their treat by throwing the enrichment into the forest enclosures.
The event wrapped up with the announcement for the winners for the essay, story telling, and the painting competitions, personally announced by Dr. Wong. We would like to thanks to Life Water Industries Sdn Bhd, Sepilok Jungle Resorts, Sepilok Nature Resort and Sabah Hotel for sponsoring the Zumba Dance Fundraiser and Kuwait Finance House Berhad for sponsoring the tickets for Malaysian kids coming to BSBCC during the past three days from 14-16th May 2022, and not forgetting all the participants and all parties involved in making this event a success. See you guys again next year!
In conjunction to the International Sun Bear Day 2022, BSBCC collaborated with Fay's Studio, a local Zumba Dance instructors group to fund raise by organizing Zumba Dance at Sepilok Multipurpose Hall.
The event was sponsored by Life Water Industries Sdn Bhd (known for the local K2 Mineral Water product), Sepilok Jungle Resorts, Sepilok Nature Resort and Sabah Hotel.
The dance event, led by Mrs. Fay De Vera and several other Zumba instructors and coaches manage to gather 180 participants around to enjoy an energetic 2-hours of almost-non-stop dance session.
In the end of the day, the event is a success, thanks to all parties involved. See you all on the next international Sun Bear Day!