Monthly Archives: August 2015

1 UTAMA’S FEED -THE -FISH & RECYCLE-A-BOTTLE CAMPAIGNS RM12,000 FOR BSBCC

Photos by : Jeremy Jeffrey PRESS RELEASE – 1 UTAMA’S FEED -THE -FISH & RECYCLE A BOTTLE CAMPAIGNS RM12,000 FOR BSBCC One of the most successful and longest running ‘Go Green’ campaigns launched in 2004, 1 Utama’s Feed-The Fish Charity Campaign was introduced in line with the mall’s award winning Rainforest – a flourishing tropical oasis built right in the middle of the busy shopping centre. This unique feature attracts thousands of shoppers who enjoy strolling through the Rainforest to relax in the cool and green environment. Over 3,000 koi fishes reside here, swimming through interconnected ponds across two floors. With a dual purpose of raising funds and keeping the fishes happy and fed, 1 Utama sponsors and packages fish food for sale available daily at the Feed-The-Fish kiosk at Lower Ground Floor Rainforest. Shoppers then buy the fish food for RM1.00 per container to literally feed the fishes for a good cause. 100% of sales proceeds are then donated to a charitable organization. For 2015, 1 Utama has nominated NGO Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sabah as its beneficiary. A cheque amounting to RM12,000 was handed over by 1 Utama’s A&P General Manager Patrick So to BSBCC’s CEO and Founder Wong Siew Te in the presentation ceremony yesterday, 26th August 2015 in Sandakan, Sabah. “The funds will go towards purchasing essentials and medicine for the bears’ annual health check. The contribution from 1 Utama and its shoppers is a big help in covering these expenses to meet the costs of rehabilitation and better the lives of our bears” said Wong. Established in 2008, the BSBCC currently houses more than 30 rescued sun bears in two bear houses and a quarantine facility. Amazingly, the Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) is the smallest and least well known of the eight species of bears in the world. With strong claws, sun bears are expert climbers and make nests that look exactly the same as those of orangutans. “Sun bears are in danger from threats of habitat loss through deforestation and poaching. There is an urgent need to conserve this protected species and 1 Utama is delighted to play our part. We have developed educational posters and videos of this project so that more of our shoppers are aware of their plight” commented So.               “Since 1 Utama’s Rainforest was conceptualised to spread awareness on nature and to preserve the beauty of the rainforest, it is especially meaningful for 1 Utama to partner with BSBCC as an integral part of the mall’s ‘Go Green’ community projects. It is so heartening to see that our shoppers are still very supportive of Feed-The-Fish for the past 11 years.” Previous Feed-The-Fish beneficiaries include Malaysian Nature Society to raise funds to protect the Temengor Forest Reserve in Perak, HOPE (Help Our Penyu) for sea turtle conservation, Zoo Negara to adopt Malaysian elephant Teriang, and WWF-Malaysia to help re-establish the fish population in Sabah’s Molleangan Island. To complement Feed-The-Fish at the Rainforest, 1 Utama also started a sister charity campaign called Recycle-A-Bottle in 2009. Giant bins shaped like bottles are constructed and placed around the mall so that shoppers can conveniently drop used plastic water bottles. The bottles are then collected by 1 Utama and sent for recycling. Recycling funds raised are also donated to BSBCC.                  

Educational Activities (May-June 2015)

Text and Photos by BSBCC   We believe through education or recreation experiences, people can become more interested in knowing their role in conserving wildlife. With that knowledge, they may become better stewards of our biodiversity heritage. At BSBCC, we welcome any group visits to our Centre as they will get to know more about […]

New bear, Tan-Tan’s arrival featured in the local media

The Borneo Post, 8th August 2015 Daily Express, 8th August 2015   Sin Chew Daily, 8th August 2015 Utusan Borneo, 8th August 2015

Good Samaritan buys Tan-Tan and hands animal to Wildlife Dept

The Star Online, 8 August 2015 By RUBEN SARIO KOTA KINABALU: A sun bear cub which was put up for sale by poachers has been rescued by a Good Samaritan, who bought it and gave it to the Sabah Wildlife Depart­ment. The three-month-old animal was taken to the Bornean Sun Bear Con­­servation Centre (BSBCC) in Sepilok, […]

Protected sun bear cub rescued

The Rakyat Post, 7 August 2015 By Sandra Sokial A three-month-old sun bear cub, rescued from being sold in the remote region of Paitan, is now in safe hands at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sepilok, Sandakan. The female bear, named Tan-Tan, arrived at BSBCC in Sepilok yesterday, making her the 44th rescued […]

Sun bear cub bought, sent to conservation centre

Borneo Post Online, 8 August 2015 By Winnie Kasmir SANDAKAN: A three-month-old sun bear cub that was put up for sale in a remote Paitan area is now under the good care of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) located off Mile 14 Labuk Road near here. The bear cub, named Tan-Tan, was taken […]

Anak Beruang Madu Bernasib Baik Dibeli Individu Prihatin

Bernama, 7 Ogos 2015 SANDAKAN, 7 Ogos (Bernama) — Seekor anak beruang madu berusia tiga bulan bernasib baik kerana dibeli seorang individu yang prihatin tentang nasibnya. Haiwan itu, dibeli individu berkenaan di satu kawasan terpencil di daerah Paitan, sebelum menyerahkannya kepada Pusat Pemuliharaan Beruang Madu Borneo (BSBCC) di sini. Spesies haiwan dilindungi diberi nama Tan-Tan […]

Rescued sunbear finds new home

New Straits Times, 7 August 2015 BY KRISTY INUS SANDAKAN: A three-month old sunbear cub which was up for sale in the interior Paitan, has now been placed under the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre’s (BSBCC) protection near here as of Wednesday. The female bear which was named Tan-Tan is the 44th rescued sunbear since […]

Integrating Panda – patience and play fights

Text by Joanna Buckingham (Volunteer BSBCC) Photos by Chiew Lin May Given the space constraints and the growing population between bear house 1 and 2, integration of bears into groups is a large focus for BSBCC. Integration not only allows more of the curious bears to experience the limited outdoor forest enclosures but also lets […]

It’s Always Sunny In Sandakan (with the sun bears!)

Text and Photos by Claire Buckingham “Welcome to Sandakan!” That was one of the first greetings we heard when we first came to Borneo. But we didn’t hear it just that one time. We heard it quite regularly, because every time the power went out people would just roll their eyes to the ceiling and laugh. […]