Text by Anna Wade, Photos by Siew Te Wong
For a very long time, the BSBCC team consisted of 4 members of staff. Wong, Wai Pak and 2 keepers, Daniel and David. But since the beginning of this year, we received funds to employ more staff and have since gained a further 5 full time employees. Joining the bear keepers is Beyri, a great new contribution to the team. Since joining the team in the beginning of April, he already has a good working rapport with the bears as well as a wicked sense of humour which makes him a favourite with staff and volunteers a like. In the Office we have Gloria, Dawn and Thye Lim. All have strong environmental and conservation backgrounds and have already proven themselves to be hardworking members of staff. Gloria was the first to join the team in the beginning of April, with Dawn and Thye Lim starting at the beginning of May. Our last and latest new member to the staff is Kadsri, who has been employed as a general worker. This is not the first time he has worked here, as he was part of the construction team that built our new viewing platform. Kadsri is always keen to try his English on any of our volunteers and is always smiling. To celebrate the arrival of our newest members, we held an informal lunch, including volunteers, on our new viewing platform. This gave us all a fantastic view of the bears in the outdoor enclosure, and we could watch from a distance as they slept, engaged in play and climbed trees. After a lovely lunch, Wai and Wong expressed their thanks for all the hard work done by the staff and volunteers alike. After introducing each member of staff, they were presented with a ‘Save the Sun Bears’ T-shirt. The lunch was a great way for all the staff to get together and enjoy each other’s company outside of a working environment! We hope we can do it again very soon!
Text and photo by Gloria Ganang
BSBCC is honored to welcome our new full time staffs, Dawn Serene Tukalan and Tee Thye Lim as our Centre Coordinators. Both of them reported duty on the 1st May 2012.
Dawn is a graduate of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) from Penampang town, Sabah. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science in 2009 and did a research on the usage of compost among local farmers. She previously worked as an Environmental Safety and Health Executive.
Dawn Serene Tukulan
Thye Lim is originally from Pahang, west Malaysia. He graduated from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) in 2010 with a degree in Conservation and Management of Biodiversity. He was a snorkeling guide in Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu before working in the conservation field with WWF- Malaysia as a Field Research Assistant for the Hawksbill Turtle conservation project in Malacca.
Tee Thye Lim
We are very fortunate to have these passionate and dedicated individuals in our team. BSBCC is now equipped with staffs from various background and experiences. Therefore, we now have a stronger team for the growth and success of the centre.
Text by Wai Pak Ng
I would like to introduce our newly confirmed staff Daniel Erikson Bin Majilir. Daniel joined BSBCC since 1st May 2010, and then he was under probation for three months. As his supervisor, I am glad to have Daniel working with us. He always follows instructions, ready for comments, and eager to learn new things. Besides that, he knows best in fixing and maintaining the electric fence. The most important is he gives good care to all our bears.
Now we have a total of three staffs who are David, Daniel and me working at our bear centre in Sepilok. Even though our sun bear team looks small but we work very hard and we are dedicated to work our best for the bears. If anyone is interested to join our team, there are always opportunities to volunteer here. Let us give those bears a better life and brighter future.
Started from the 1st of April 2009, we had hired another staff in our bear centre at Sepilok, Sabah. Now, with one more helping hand, the 12 sun bears housed in the centre will definitely receive more love, care and attention.
Our new staff, David bins Daiz, 31 years old, a local Kadazan people. He worked in the army for 5 years, and has a lot of experiences in the forest. Now, he is hired as a trainee bear keeper. David will be train to look after our sun bears from preparing bear food, cleaning cages to enriching the bear exercise enclosures.
David is energetic and fit to do his job. He shows great responsible to all the tasks that assigned to him. Although David is still new to this field, his passion to the bears and hard works were recognized by every body in the centre. For sure he can picked up and get used to it very soon. We all glad that David has joined us together!