Monthly Archives: November 2008

The next step: Phase I of BSBCC

After the successful fund raising event “Bear Necessities” on Nov 14 two weeks ago, we can finally move forward to start building our first phase of the construction: A brand new bear house with 24 bear dens and 4 forest enclosures where the captive sun bears can spend all day playing, climbing, and resting in […]

I hate poachers! I hate them!

It makes me angry, very angry indeed to read news like this: I hate poachers! I hate them! I hate this kind of people who kill wildlife for profits. Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah do not have a long culture of hunting by the local native people. In addition, the relative political and economy stability […]

War on snares continues: Zero-tolerance

Another sad news from today’s paper: ======================================================= NST Online » Frontpage 2008/11/23 A baby elephant caught in a snare laid down to trap a tiger War on snares continues: Zero-tolerance POACHERS have been hard at work and they’ve been at it in areas long considered safe havens. Wire snares used by poachers Misliah Mohd Basir […]

BSBCC ‘Bear Necessities’ Fundraiser Event

Special thanks to Life in Borneo for this report on our fundraising event last Friday: ============================================================  BSBCC ‘Bear Necessities’ Fundraiser Event Posted by Xander on November 20th, 2008 in Events, Wildlife Friday, November 14th 2008 marks a historical and monumental day in which the first major collaboration between conservationists, several corporate companies and the government took […]

900 Oven-Ready Owls, 7,000 Live Lizards Seized in Asia Lovgren for National Geographic News November 18, 2008 More than 7,000 live monitor lizards, almost 900 owls—plucked and plastic wrapped for easy cooking—and other wild animals were seized in two raids in a single week by Malaysian officials earlier this month. Experts on illegal wildlife trade expressed astonishment at the huge number of rare […]

Centre to help preserve Sabah’s sun bears Tuesday November 18, 2008 Centre to help preserve Sabah’s sun bears By RUBEN SARIO KOTA KINABALU: Having established itself as home for wildlife such as the orang utan, Sumatran rhino, Borneo pygmy elephant and proboscis monkey, Sabah intends to give more attention to its population of sun bears. Noting that Sabah’s sun bears were […]

We did it..

Written by Cynthia Ong.. Subject: We did it Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 09:55:12 +0800 …. and nobody died. I just surfaced from the dead.  This is the first email I am writing after the last couple of days or so in another realm.  Bear Necessities raised RM1,300,000 or almost $400,000 — more than our […]

Bear Necessities Fundraising Event – Interview with Wong Siew Te & Cynthia Ong Posted by Xander on November 13th, 2008 in Wildlife Upon reaching LEAP office, I was warmly greeted by Wong Siew Te who heads the conservation efforts with the Sun Bears. As I walked in, the place was full of energy where there were a handful of people working hard to make this event a […]


  Lina (right) and Sam auctioning the painting title ‘natural habitat and sun bears’ by Wong Siew Lee which fetched RM36,000 16th November, 2008 KOTA KINABALU: Efforts to raise fund for the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) received overwhelming support from generous donors and the state government on Friday night. Some RM1.3 million was […]

Musa pledges RM600,000

DAILY EXPRESS NEWS Musa pledges RM600,000 Kota Kinabalu: The State Government has pledged RM600,000 to the setting up of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sandakan. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman made the pledge at a fund-raising dinner at a hotel here on Friday to match the about RM600,000 raised by the organiser, […]