Monthly Archives: November 2011

The forgotten bears of S.E Asia – Presentation on Sun Bears @ UWC

By SayLin Ong Posted at In May/June 2010, 3 friends and I spent a total of 5 weeks at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). The 4 of us were ex-colleagues at the Night Safari show department and were eager to put our husbandry and enrichment experiences to good use for the Sun […]

Slowly but surely, the world will know about the sun bear!

Sun bear remains the least known bear species in the world. Not many people, locals, general public, and students included, from SE Asia know about there is a bear call sun bears that live in their own country. It is very sad if you think of it: a large carnivore that plays important roles in […]

And now kids are learning about sun bear and BSBCC too!

Text by Siew Te Wong  This is another good story of “do what you do best to help sun bear and BSBCC”. Joyce Malmo was a volunteer project manager with the Raleigh International working with BSBCC back in August 2010. She felt very privileged to be working at BSBCC and experiencing the sun bears. Joyce decided […]

Now the French speaking folks are learning about sun bears and the works of BSBCC

On Jan 2010, I received an email from Genevieve Hamelin from France saying that she would like to write a book about bears. This is one of her email to me: ======================================= Hello Wong   Thank you very much for your quick answer. I have to explain to you exactly what I am doing. I am a […]

SPM English test reference book tells the story of sun bear and Wong Siew Te

Few weeks ago a friend who is an English teacher told me that my work on sun bear was mentioned in an essay inside a SPM English test reference book. SPM is the acronym for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or Malaysian Certificate of Education, a compulsory government examination for all high school students in Malaysian government […]

Sun bear’s voice heard in Lahad Datu Middle School

Last Wednesday I made my 14th presentations in 2011 at Lahad Datu Middle School. Wai Pak, Li (our volunteer from West Malaysia) and me left BSBCC around 9 am and arrived Lahad Datu almost at noon to deliver the 2 hours lecture on sun bears. Lahad Datu is a small township with a population of […]

Thank you Nikon! You rock!

It all started three months ago when I was invited to be one of the speakers of the Bornean Eco Film Festival (BEFF) in Sandakan. Among the speakers who gave presentations during BEFF was Wong Kok Jen, also known as KJ. KJ is the Technical Support Executive from Nikon Malaysia. He is an energetic young […]

When Mary met monkeys

Few days ago Mary the sun bear and I spent the afternoon in the forest like we usually do. Suddenly we have a visitor when Mary was busy looking for termites in this spectacular liana (vine). It was a pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina). The macaque came right on top of us to feed on the fruits […]

BSBCC LATEST NEWS – October 2011 STILL THEY COME… BSBCC has become home to three more bears since July! On 23rd July BSBCC helped Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) in the rescue of an illegally kept captive sun bear from a palm oil plantation near Lahad Datu, southeast Sabah.  Named Amaco, the 18 year old male was in fairly good health […]

Sun Bear Diary- Mary finally climbs!

[kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Sun bear is an arboreal bear. In the wild, they spend a lot of their time resting, sleeping, and foraging on tree canopy of Southeast Asian rainforest. Like Mary, sun bear cub learns how to climb when they are young. Their mother will bring their cubs to look for […]