BSBCC was invited to join in the Sandakan Food Festival 2017 from the 30th August to 2nd September 2017. This year the organiser has chosen Bornean Sun Bear to be the icon of this festival. Sabah's Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa bin Haji Aman officiated this festival on the 1st September 2017. An app known as TheSandakan was launched that night and is now available for download at Google Play store. Through this app, users can search for landmarks, accomodations and restaurants within Sandakan area. Sandakan is famous because of its seafood and is also known as the City of Nature. This event helps in promoting Sandakan City as well as increasing awareness about Mother Nature, especially our sun bears, the least known bear species. During this 4 days event, many food stalls were open as well as exhibitions from participating organisations and companies.
The first ever Labuk Bay Carnival 2017 was held on today, 30th July 2017 at the Mile 19 Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. A lot of activities was held during this event and our team (BSBCC) was happy to be part of it! The Labuk Bay Carnival started off with the Fun Run 8KM and Fun Ride 20KM early at 6.30 in the morning. Other activities held were boat paddle, mini games, lucky draws and performance by Chris Aban. Besides that, booths and exhibition from the BSBCC, the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club, Artlex Centre and the Sandakan Fire & Rescue Department were also there to make this carnival to be more happening. Thanks to the organizer for inviting us to participate in this carnival and congratulations to all the winners!
On the 3rd to 4th of March 2017, BSBCC was participated in the exhibition at the Petrosains PlaySmart, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This is an educational event intended to promote our local community and students to learn and understand the sciences which influences the environment and to increase awareness one how one's action can impact the environment. Many workshops and activities were held such as Environ-Hunt, My Green House, Eco Superhero, Eco-BUzzer and DIY generator. Agencies from Sabah Park, Sabah Environment Protection Association, Danau Girang Field Centre Raleigh Borneo were joined this events as well. For us, this event serves a good platform the students, teachers and community to obtain valuable information to develop a sound understanding of their total wellbeing and their responsibilities to preserve environment.
News Vietnam Net, 16th September 2013
VietNamNet Bridge – Seeing a bear in the cage in his uncle’s home, a five-year-old boy in Phu Tho moved closer to the cage to feed the bear, but his two arms were bitten by the bear.
Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Head of the Orthopaedics Ward of the National Pediatrics Hospital in Hanoi, said that Hai was hospitalized in the state of losing both arms. The right arm was cut until the shoulder joint while the left arm was lost to the elbow. The boy was in shock because of blood loss.
Doctors immediately conducted blood, intravenous fluid transfusions, anti-shock methods, then cut the bruised flesh. The boy has recovered but he is still in fear.
Taking care of the child at the hospital, the boy’s mother said several days ago, her family paid a visit to her brother’s home. This man bred a bear for gall. The bear was locked in an iron cage. While the adults were busy, they suddenly heard the boy scream. When they came, they saw the boy’s arms were eaten by the bear.
Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung said he had never seen any case like this. Previously, the hospital treated some children who lost several knuckles after being bitten by animals in the Hanoi Zoo.
Thank you all our donors for your generous support for our BIG DREAMS LITTLE BEARS fundraiser, Sandakan.
Your contribution generated RM443,000 for the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre - the first sunbear centre in the world for the smallest bears in the world!
Contribution is underway and we hope to have the centre open by 2014! See you there soon !
Text and Photo by Tee Thye Lim
At Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), the confiscated orphan sun bear will go through the electric fence training before they release into BSBCC forest enclosure. This is a very important phase where the bears will take their first step onto the forest floor after they have been keep in the cage for a long time.
Some of the bear may take 1 day to enter into forest, some of them may take 1 week, and some of them even spend more than 1 month to put four of their feet on the soil.
On 5th March 2013, the guillotine door which connected from our BSBCC bear house to the forest enclosure has been opened to let the sub-adult sun bear group - Natalie, Rungus, Ah Lun and Julaini to access to the forest.
As expected, the "Group Leader" - Natalie, is the first one who lead the group to explore the condition around the guillotine door. But none of them step into the forest on the first day.
On 7th March 2013, Natalie still "checking" the surrounding by letting out her feet at the guillotine door. Sometimes they will attracted and feel curious to the macaques who roaming near to the forest enclosure.
12th March 2013, this is the day where most of BSBCC team members have been waiting for !!
10:28am, Rungus, walking down from the ram to get the food and honey. Excitement, precaution, and curiosity were all shown on Rungus face and her movement.
She started to explore the surrounding by sniffing around and straight went inside the forest without waiting for Natalie, Ah Lun and Julaini !!
2.30pm, the "Group Leader" - Natalie, started to get confident to step out again. She try to get food which scattered in the forest enclosure. Slowly, she step on the forest floor, alert to everything surrounded her. Natalie found a dead wood just near to the guillotine door and she digging on it for around 10 minutes before she went into forest to meet with Rungus.
Have a look at the photo to check out what are Rungus and Natalie doing for the first day stepping out into forest !!