We were honored to receive a visit from the CEO of Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) or Sime Darby Foundation, Dr. Hjh. Yatela Zainal Abidin, and a few of YSD Officers as a part of YSD’s visits to projects supported and funded by Yayasan Sime Darby in Sabah. YSD has been becoming the backbone of BSBCC since the early days of BSBCC and has supported BSBCC numerous times for the past few years.
The group's arrival at the Centre was warmly greeted by the Founder and CEO of BSBCC, Dr. Wong Siew Te, and the team. They were personally guided by Dr. Wong to watch the sun bears residing in BSBCC forest enclosures, filled with information sharing among the two sides. The YSD’s group was also brought to take a closer look and witness the daily routines in the bear houses and were guided to the new shop building afterward. The visit was finished by 5 pm.
The Movement Control Order (MCO) due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak which started in March 2020 hindered the entries of foreign visitors, bringing the tourism industry to a stop, thus affecting the Centre’s main revenue. Yayasan Sime Darby has spent a big amount of budget to fund the Centre’s operation and support it to go through a hard time. No words can describe how we are deeply grateful for the support given during the time. Thanks for everything Yayasan Sime Darby!
It was an honor to welcome Malaysian actress, Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh to our centre today. BSBCC's CEO and Founder, Dr. Wong Siew Te brought her for an interpretative tour around the centre and observe the sun bears in the forest enclosure.
It was our pleasure to host her visit and hope it was a memorable one!
Today, 24th September 2017, we were very honored to welcome a visit from Mr. Stefan Priesner, the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Darussalam. He was accompanied by Ms Gan Pek Chuan, Programme Manager for UNDP Malaysia. They were brought for a tour around our Centre, observing the sun bears in the forest enclosure. Thank you very much for spending the time to visit BSBCC and we hope that they enjoyed to see the bears and on the same time learning about our efforts in sun bears conservation.
BSBCC was honored to welcome the visit of the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister Office, YB Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif, his wife YBhg. Datin Lenny Musa and delegates to the Centre. We hope everyone had a wonderful time observing the sun bears in the forest enclosure and learning about BSBCC's efforts in sun bear conservation in Sabah. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank YBhg. Datin Lenny Musa for adopting Kudat, one of the adult male sun bears at the Centre.
BSBCC was visited by Mr.Rod Smith the Australia's High Commissioner to Malaysia and Jane Bartlett First Secretary for Australian High Commission to Malaysia, the Australian High Commission delegate was welcomed by our CEO & Founder, Dr. Wong Siew Te. Dr. Wong and touring to view the bears from the observation platform. A big thank you to the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur for their effort to visit and support us.!!!
MOU Signing between BSBCC, Dolphin Discovery Centre and Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technology Society (BEST)
Today, 2nd August 2017, a MOU between the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), the Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technology Society (BEST) and Dolphin Discovery Centre (base in Australia) has been signed. This MOU is a 5 years agreement between the organizations where they have agreed to work together to develop and improve international tourism relations. We look forward to work with BEST and Dolphin Discovery Centre for the next 5 years.
We are very honored to have a visit from the US Ambassador, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir. The founder and CEO of BSBCC, Dr. Wong Siew Te delivered a short presentation on BSBCC's roles and efforts in sun bear conservation in sabah before taking the Ambassador to sun bear viewing at the observation platforms. After that, Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdir also spent some time for story telling (The Wild Tree House of Borneo) to a group of students that visited us on the same day. The students were very happy to meet the Ambassador. On the same day of the Ambassador visit, BSBCC also welcomed another two more school visits from from SJK (C) Ming Chung and SK St. Mary Town, Sandakan. As per usual, the students were briefed with a short presentation on sun bears and later they did some activities such as bears observation and doing bear origami. Thank you for visiting us!
In conjunction with the programme “Program Taklimat dan Lawatan Turun Padang Pengalaman Ecotourism & Clean Air Di Sandakan dan Kota Kinabalu, it was a privilege to have a visit from Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) and Tourism Malaysia. During the visit, short briefings and introductions were delivered by representatives from Sabah Wildlife Department, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, The Sabah Parks and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah. After that, they had a tour to the outdoor nursery of the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and also to the BSBCC’s viewing platform to observe the sun bears. Thank you for visiting us and we hope that this programme can help us to promote the tourism and conservation centres in Sepilok area and help us spread the words.
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy
On the 22nd July 2016, we were very honored to have Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, a renown conservation biologist visit our Centre. Dr. Lovejoy is also known as the “Godfather of Biodiversity”. He coined the term “biodiversity” from the phrase "biological diversity" in 1980.
Dr. Lovejoy was accompanied by The United States Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs (OES), Office of
Science and Technology Cooperation (STC), bilateral division chief Beverli Dewalt and United States Embassy in Malaysia Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer, Todd Hannah.
Wong, BSBCC's Founder and CEO guided them for a tour around the Centre. Dr. Lovejoy is also the author of the book Ecology, Conservation and Management of Southeast Asian Rainforests published in 1995.
Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to Malaysia
We were honored to have the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Dr. Angela Macdonald and delegates visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) on 14th August 2016.
US Ambassador to Malaysia
On the 10th January 2016, US ambassador, HE Joseph Y. Yun arrived in Sandakan for an official visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SOURC) and BSBCC. This was the ambassador’s 2nd visit to the Centre after his informal visit in May 2014. Together with the ambassador were delegates of the Portland–Kota Kinabalu Sister City Association, an organization that works on shared concerns ranging from conservation, research and education. Wong and the BSBCC team brought the delegates for a guided walk to observe the sun bears in their enclosures. The visit ended with a presentation of souvenirs to the
ambassador and an evening tea session at the SOURC.
US Ambassador to ASEAN
BSBCC was honored to welcome the US ambassador to ASEAN HE Nina Hachigian to the Centre. Nina and her family were on vacation to Sandakan and visited us on the 6th February 2016. The BSBCC team gave the ambassador and her family a tour around the Centre after observing the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.