About Siew Te Wong

Sun bears are the least know bears and a forgotten bears species as I always call them. Certainly, it is not surprise that not many people know who I am and thus a proper introduction is needed for the readers of this blog to get to know me better as well as my work with sun bears …

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I am a Malaysian Chinese, born in 1969 and raised in Penang at northern Peninsular Malaysia. “Wong” as I am known as, is actually my family name, and “Siew Te” is my first name. I love animals all my life. Since I was a first grader, “animal expert” was my ambition on the student record until the very last year in high school. Not surprisingly, my childhood was companioned by various kinds of pets. I became a successful pet breeder during my teenage. Studying abroad in Taiwan in 1989 was a turning point in my life. Although I was studying animal husbandry and veterinary, I had begun to appreciate wildlife even more when I was an active member in the student chapter of the Bird Watching Society. Through my binoculars, I learned to appreciate the beauty of wildlife, nature, and forest. Ironically, I also witnessed unlawful mist netting of wild birds, poaching of wildlife, illegal pet trades, and habitat degradation.

After graduated the animal husbandry and vet program, Prof. Kurtis Pei, a wildlife professor at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, recruited me as his research assistant. It was then I started my career as a field biologist/research assistant doing wildlife survey, camera trapping, radio collaring and tracking large mammals, taking care of endangered species at Pei’s wildlife rescue center, and all of goofy stuff people seen in Discovery Channel.

In 1994, I came to University of Montana to seek a dream that was considered as “difficult task” for many people from ordinary Asian family. The dream, which put me on a right track of my career, was to pursue a bachelor degree in Wildlife Biology. The same year, I met my then future academic advisor, Dr. Christopher Servheen, who was looking for a Malaysian student to conduct an ecological study on sun bears. In 1998, I began to study the ecology of Malayan sun bears in a rainforest of Malaysian Borneo as a project for M.S. thesis. For the first time, the study revealed the mysterious life history of this little known bear and many ecological aspects of Bornean rainforest. In 2002, I started my doctorate program at the same university. In view of there were so much unknown about sun bears, I decided the effects of logging on sun bears at the same study area where I did my MSc study in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. Because of the conservation achievement from the project, I was appointed to co-chair the Sun Bear Expert Team for the IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, from 2002-2005.

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Since I started my plan to study sun bear, my interest on them grows daily. Beside wild bears, which were the focus of my studies, I also like to learn more about captive bears. I often visited places where I heard sun bear were held in captivities: zoo, mini zoos, crocodile farms, private menageries, and even private homes. They were all kept in small cages, unhygienic environment, and in some places were completely disgusting! Some were cubs, some were full grown adults, and some were old individuals. Almost all of them suffered from serious stereotypic behavior, pacing all day long if there were any room in their tiny cage for them to pace. Seeing these bears in these captive condition were completely heart broken. However, I choose to find them, see more of them, and learn more about the stories behind them. This is how the idea of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, BSBCC, first came in to my mind (Please read previous postings about the BSBCC.)

Most wildlife like the sun bears is forest dependent species. They simply cannot survive outside the forest. My experience working in Southeast Asia shows desperate situation for the continuation of local forests. Much more work is needed to ensure the long-term survival of the native wildlife and forests. In many parts of Southeast Asia, the tropical forests are disappearing rapidly to a point where too late to do anything. In contrast, due to the economy and political stability, Malaysia still has a chance for conservationists to save the last stronghold of Southeast Asian rainforests and wildlife. We need distinguished biologists to train local students as conservationists and biologists, to educate public and government on the importance of conservation, and to study the flora and fauna in order to understand better its functions. I am and I was, trained as an “animal expert” or wildlife biologist for all these years. I hope to use these knowledge and training to do a great job in my career to conserve wildlife and forests.

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Over the last ten years, I have been engaging on sun bear research and conservation activities. However, due to the very little conservation interest among the conservation communities world wide, sun bear survival faces tremendous challenge from various threats. I hope with setting up of BSBCC, we can do more to help sun bears and their forest that is so precious to all of us. The challenge is huge but I am ready to take the challenge. However, I simply cannot do this alone. I need helps, supports, and allies. Together we can make a different for sun bears and other magnificent species in this region.      

Watch me in BEARTREK

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Listen to my radio interview with Sandra Robinson and Jordan Schaul

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/zoo-peeps-creator/2010/06/15/wong-siew-1

Listen to me talk about sun bear on “The WildLife” Radio Show by Dr. Laurel Neme

http://www.laurelneme.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=18&Itemid=251

 And more video at http://www.youtube.com/user/BSBCC

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My Biography

Siew Te Wong (Chief  Executive Officer, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center)

“Siew Te Wong, a Malaysian wildlife biologist and sun bear expert. For the last 13 years, Wong has been studying and working on the ecological conservation of the sun bear. He is one of the few Malaysian wildlife biologists trained in a western country. He did both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at the University of Montana in Missoula, and is continuing for his doctorate degree there. His pioneering studies of sun bear ecology in the Borneo rainforest revealed the elusive life history of the sun bear in the dense jungle. Wong’s research has taken him to the most threatened wildlife habitat on Earth, where field work is exceedingly difficult. While rapid habitat destruction from unsustainable logging practices, the conversion of the sun bear’s habitat into palm oil plantations and uncontrolled poaching activities paint a bleak picture for the future of the sun bear, Wong is determined to help the present situation of sun bears in Southeast Asia. Wong is the CEO of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, which he founded in 2008. He was also a fellow of the Flying Elephants Foundation, which awards individuals from a broad range of disciplines in the arts and sciences who have demonstrated singular creativity, passion, integrity and leadership and whose work inspires a reverence for the natural world. Wong is also the former co-chair of the Sun Bear Expert Team, under the IUCN/Species Survival Commission’s Bear Specialist Group and a current member of three IUCN/SSC Specialist Groups

My Curriculum Vitae

SIEW TE WONG 

Email: wongsiew@hotmail.com

Nationality:          Malaysia

 Education

2002-2011.:          Ph. D. Fish and Wildlife Biology. University of Montana, Montana.

                              Dissertation title: The effects of selective logging on bearded pigs (Sus barbatus) in lowland tropical rainforest of Borneo. (Dr. Christopher Servheen, Advisor).

 1998-2002:          M. Sc. Wildlife Biology. University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.

                              Thesis title: The ecology of Malayan sun bear in the lowland tropical rainforest of Sabah, Borneo. (Dr. Christopher Servheen, Advisor).

 1994-1997:          B. Sc. Wildlife Biology. University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.

 1989-1992:          Diploma. Animal Science and Veterinary. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Pingtung, Taiwan.

Other Special Training and Courses:

Training Course on Advanced Techniques in Frugivory and Seed Dispersal- Instructors: Dr. Richard Corlett (University of Hong Kong) & Dr. Jin Chen (Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, Yunnan, China), Yunnan, China; July 22-August 5, 2006, sponsored by The Chinese Academy of Sciences. This course provided a broad introduction to methods of studying frugivory and seed dispersal, from field observations and seed traps, to radio telemetry and molecular techniques. The course also emphasized on practical techniques and their application to problems in ecology and conservation management.

 Advanced Immobilization and Emergency Anesthetic Techniques for Bear Researchers and Managers-  Instructor: Dr. John B. Murnane, D.V.M., Missoula, Montana, USA; March 2009, sponsored by US Fish and Wildlife Service. Two days intensive workshop on the latest development of bear handling procedures and techniques, drug administration, and emergency medical treatment in the field. 

 Advanced Immobilization and Emergency Anesthetic Techniques for Bear Researchers and Managers- II, Dr. John B. Murnane, D.V.M., West Glacier, Montana, USA; April 2004, sponsored by US Fish and Wildlife Service. Daylong intensive workshop on the latest development of bear handling procedures and techniques, drug administration, and emergency medical treatment in the field. 

 Advanced Immobilization and Emergency Anesthetic Techniques for Bear Researchers and Managers- I, Dr. John B. Murnane, D.V.M., Condon, Montana, USA; May 2003, sponsored by US Fish and Wildlife Service. Two days intensive workshop of discussion and training on bear handling procedures, drug administration, and emergency medical treatment in the field. 

 Wildlife Handling with Veterinary Perspectives, Dr. Mark R. Johnson, D.V.M., University of Montana, Spring 1996.Intensive, weeklong course examining the details of wildlife handling and drug administration by biologists. Training included classroom and hands-on experience with wildlife capture, collaring, and the use of anesthetics and sedatives.

Employment History

Apr 2008- present             Founder and CEO, “Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre”, Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.

Oct 2006-2008                   Principal Investigator, “Malayan sun bear distribution mapping and conservation status survey in West and East Malaysia”

May-August 2006              Coordinator, “Re-housing and enrichment project for captive sun bears at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Sabah”. Coordinating, fund raising, designing, and enriching for a construction project on sun bear enclosures in Sepilok.

Jan 05- Mar 2008               Principal Investigator, The University of Montana Bornean Sun Bear and Bearded Pig Research and Conservation Project; U of Montana doctorate researchThe effects of selective logging on Malayan sun bears (Helarctos malayanus)and bearded pigs (Sus barbatus) in lowland tropical rainforest of Borneo.”

May-July, 2004                   Field Technician, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Habitat Fragmentation Effects on Grizzly Bear and Black Bear Movement and Connectivity in the Kootenai River Valley”

June-Aug, 2003                  Field Technician, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Libby, MT. “Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem Grizzly Bear and Black Bear Research”

May-June, 2003                 Field Technician, Wildlife Biology Program, U of Montana. “The effects of Transportation and Development on Black Bear Movements and Connectivity”

Summer, 2002                   Field Technician, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Libby, MT. “Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem Grizzly Bear and Black Bear Research”

Jun 98- Dec 2000               Research student, Wildlife Biology Program, U of Montana. “The ecology of Malayan sun bear in the lowland tropical rainforest of Sabah, Borneo.”

Summer, 1997                   Field Assistant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Libby, MT. “Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem Grizzly Bear and Black Bear Research”

Summer, 1996                   Field Assistant, Wildlife Research Lab, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Pingtung, Taiwan. “A fauna survey of Tawu Mountain Natural Reserve, Taiwan”, “Pingtung Rescue Center for Endangered Wild Animals.”

Summer 1995                    Field Assistant, Dept. of Zoology, University of Malaya, Malaysia. “Population and community ecology of birds and bats in Malaysian rainforest”

Mar-Jul 1994                      Scientific Officer, Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jun 92-Dec 1993                Research Assistant, Wildlife Research Lab. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Pingtung, Taiwan. “A radio-telemetry study of Formosan Reeve’s muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi micrurus)”, “A fauna survey of Taitung Hardwood Nature Reserve”, “Pingtung Rescue Center for Endangered Wild Animals.”

Publications:

Hanya, G., Stevenson, P., Noordwijk, M.v., Wong, S.T., Kanamori, T., Kuze, N., Aiba. S., Chapman, C., van Schaik, C. 2011. Seasonality in fruit availability affects primate biomass and species richness. Ecography. Published online 7 March 2011. [SCI]

Chen, C.C , Pei, K.J.C., Kuo, M.D., Yang, C.M., Wong, S.T., Lin, F.G., & Kuo, S.C. 2010. A possible case of hantavirus infection in Borneo orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) and its conservation implication. Journal of Medical Primatology. 40(1): 2-5. [SCI]

Fredriksson, G., Steinmetz, R., Wong, S.T. & Garshelis, D.L. 2008. Helarctos malayanus. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>.

Wong, S.T. 2006. The status of Malayan sun bear in Malaysia. Pp 66-72 in Japan Bear Network (compiler). 2006. Understanding Asian bears to secure their future. Japan Bear Network, Ibakari, Japan 145 pp.

Wong, S.T., C. Servheen, L. Ambu, and Norhayati A. 2005. Impacts of fruit production cycle Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 21:627-639. [SCI]

Norhayati, A., I Mila, L., Juliana, S., Wong, S.T. & Shukor, M.N. 2005. Amphibian fauna of Danum Valley Conservation Area. In Laily B. Din, Muhammad Yahya, Norhayati, A., Nizam, M.S., Waidi Sinun & A. Latiff (eds.). Danum Valley Conservation Area: Physical, Biological and Social Environments. Yayasan Sabah and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. pp. 281-298.

Norhayati, A., Wong, S.T., Juliana, S. & Shukor, M.N. 2005. An annotated checklist of reptiles in Danum Valley Conservation Area. In Laily B. Din, Muhammad Yahya, Norhayati, A., Nizam, M.S., Waidi Sinun & A. Latiff (eds.). Danum Valley Conservation Area: Physical, Biological and Social Environments. Yayasan Sabah and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. pp. 299-312.

Wong, S. T., Servheen, C. & Ambu, L. 2004. Home range, movement and activity patterns, and bedding sites of Malayan Sun Bears Helarctos malayanus in the Rainforest of Borneo. Biological Conservation. 119:169-181. [SCI]

Wong, S.T., C. Servheen, and L. Ambu. 2002. Food habits of Malayan sun bears in lowland tropical forest of Borneo. Ursus. 13:127-136. [SCI]

Lin, Y.R., S.T. Wong, C. J. Pei. 1993. Variations in skull morphology of Formosan Reeve’s muntjac in Little Ghost Lake Forest Reserve, Pingtung, Taiwan. Notes of Wildlifers and Newsletter of Wildlifers (NOW). 1(4): 8-11. (In Chinese)

 Other publications

Wong, S. T. 2010. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Malaysia Borneo. International Bear News. 19(1):18-19.

Wong, S. 2009. Sun Bear: The Forgotten Bear. Society & Environment. A monthly magazine published by Zayed International Prize for the Environment. July 2009: 40-42. 

The Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders, Wong S.T. & Gabriella Fredriksson.  2006. Sun Bear Adventure Journals. EWCL. 34 pp.

Wong, S.T. & C. Servheen. 2005.The Bornean Sun Bear and Bearded Pig Research and Conservation Project- a new field project to study the effects of selective logging on Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in Borneo. International Bear News. 14(4):24.

Wong, S.T. & C. Servheen. 2005. New field project to study the effects of selective logging on bearded pigs and sun bears in Borneo. Suiform Soundings. Peccaries, Pigs, and Hippos Specialists Group Newsletter. 5(1):30.

Wong, S.T. 2003. Dances with sun bears. Malayan Naturalist. 56(3): 20-25.

Wong, S.T. 2003. Sun bear research on the web. International Bear News. 12(2):9.

Wong, S. T. and C. Servheen. 1999. Malaysia Malayan Sun bear Ecology. International Bear News. 8(3):11-12.

Oral Presentations in conferences

Wong, S.T., S.D. Teo, M.H. Hwang, T.S. Ding, C. Servheen. 2011. The effects of selective logging on sun bears in lowland dipterocarp rainforest of Borneo. The 20th International Conference on Bear Research and Management-IBA 2011. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 17 July 2011.

Wong, S.T., A. Hearn, J. Ross, J. L. Belant. 2011. Using radio-telemetry to study carnivores in tropical rainforests of Borneo. 1st Bornean Carnivore Symposium, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. 19 June 2011.

Wong, S.T. 2011. Models predicting Bornean carnivore distribution – Short-tailed mongoose Herpestes brachyurus1st Bornean Carnivore Symposium, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. 20 June 2011.  

Wong, S.T. 2011. The holistic approaches of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to conserve sun bears in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. Asia for Animal Conference 2011. Chengdu, China. 13 June 2011.

Wong, S.T., S.D. Teo, M.H. Hwang, C. Servheen. 2011. The conservation of sun bears in a changing landscape: can sun bear coexist with selective logging? The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Asian-Pacific Chapter. Bangkok, Thailand. 13 March 2011.    

Wong, S.T., C. Servheen. 2011. Effects of weather patterns and forest management on fruit production in lowland rainforest of Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Asian-Pacific Chapter. Bangkok, Thailand. 13 March 2011.    

Wong, S.T., W.P. Ng. The current status of sun bear in Malaysia and the future roles of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The 4th Meeting of the Asian Society of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. August 1, 2010.

Wong, S.T., C. Servheen. From the Temperate Zone to the Tropic – Sun Bear Research and Conservation from Montana to Borneo. The Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Conference. Helena, MT, USA. 26 February 2010.

Wong, S.T., W.P. Ng. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center: Hope at last for the Bornean sun bears. 2009 Conference on Wildlife Rescuing in East and Southeast Asia. Pingtung, Taiwan. 3 November 2009.

Wong, S.T. The behavioral ecology and conservation of sun bear in Borneo. Keynote address. Advancing Bear Care Conference 2009.  San Francisco, California, USA. 6 November 2009.

Wong, S.T. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center: Hope at last for the Bornean sun bears. Zoo and Aquarium Committing to Conservation, Houston, Texas. 24 January 2009.

Wong, S.T. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center: Hope at last for the Bornean sun bears. Wildlife Conservation Network Wildlife Conservation Expo 2008. San Francisco, California, USA. 4 October 2008.

Wong, S. T. The human-sun bear conflicts in SE Asia and its conservation concerns. Paper presented at HSBC-WWF-Malaysia Human Wildlife Conflict Dialogue 2007:Best Management Practices (BMP): Your Tool to Conflict Mitigation. Cameron Highland, Malaysia. 17 December 2007.

Wong, S.T. T The Status and Conservation Issues of Sun Bear in Malaysia. Paper presented at the Borneo Species Workshop 2007: Large Mammals and Their Habitat in Borneo. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. 6 December 2007.

Wong, S.T. The Bornean sun bear and bearded pig research and conservation project. Paper presented at The 2nd International Field Ecology Symposium “Biodiversity management”, Bangkok, Thailand. 27 January 2007.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of sun bear in Malaysia. (In Malay). Invited speaker. Sustainable use for Fish and Wildlife Workshop, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. 8 November 2006.

Wong, S.T. 2006. Conservation and management challenge for Asian bears: habitat destruction of Malayan sun bear in Malaysia. Invited Speaker at the Annual International Conference on Bear Research and Management-IBA 2006. Karuizawa Town, Nagano, Japan. 2 October 2006.

Wong, S.T. 2006. The Sun Bear Project 1998-2000. Paper presented at The Annual meeting of The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.  18 July 2006.

Wong, S.T. 2005. The status and conservation priority of Malayan sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) in Malaysia. Paper presented at The 1st Asian Meeting of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand. 28 October 2005.

Wong, S.T. 2005. The ecology of the Malayan sun bear and their conservation in a changing landscape in Malaysia. Paper presented at Asian Bear Workshop- Post conference workshop of 9th International Mammalogical Congress, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. 6 August 2005.

 Wong, S.T., C. Servheen, L. Ambu, and Norhayati A. 2004. The effects of famine on Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical rainforest of Borneo. Paper presented at The Annual meeting of The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. Miami, Florida, USA. 13 July 2004.

Wong, S.T. 2002. The ecology of Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) in the lowland tropical forest of Borneo. Paper presented at Bear Essentials 2002: An AZA Bear TAG Workshop, AZA Western Regional Workshop, Tucson, AZ. 25 Apr 2002

Wong, S.T., C. Servheen, L. Ambu. 2001. The ecology of Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) in the lowland tropical forest of Borne. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 24 May 2001.

Wong, S.T., C. Servheen, L. Ambu. 1999. The ecology of Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) in the lowland tropical forest of Borneo- Preliminary Results. Paper presented at 4th Seminar on Tropical Ecosystem Research in Sabah, Sabah Inter-Agency Tropical Ecosystem (SITE) Research Seminar Committee, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. 7 Sep 1999.

Other Oral Presentations

Wong, S.T., C. Prudente. 2011. Wonders of Sabah. Invited speaker. Resident of Sandakan’s Mayor. Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. 4 August 2011.

Wong, S.T. 2011. The holistic approaches of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to conserve sun bears in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. 1st Borneo Eco-Film Festival BEFF, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. 29 July 2011.

Wong, S.T. The status, ecology and conservation of Malayan Sun bear in a changing landscape in Malaysia. Malaysian Nature Society and Department of Biological Science, University Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. 5 April 2011.

Wong, S.T. Sun bear- past, present, and the future. The Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA. 21 September 2010.

Wong, S.T. The ecology, conservation and plights of the sun bears: what can we do to save this little bear? The Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA. 22 September 2009.

Wong, S.T. The ecology, conservation and plights of the sun bears: what can we do to save this little bear? Columbus Zoo, Columbus, Ohio, USA. 16 July 2009.

Wong, S.T. The ecology, conservation and plights of the sun bears: what can we do to save this little bear? Alexander Abraham Foundation, New York, USA. 9 July 2009.

Wong, S.T. The ecology, conservation and plights of the sun bears: what can we do to save this little bear? Bronx Zoo, New York, USA. 8 July 2009.

Wong, S.T. The ecology, conservation and plights of the sun bears: what can we do to save this little bear? Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois, USA.  2 July 2009.

Wong, S.T. The ecology, conservation and plights of the sun bears: what can we do to save this little bear? Minnesota Zoo, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  29 June 2009.

Wong, S.T. The plight of sun bear and their hope with Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center. “Bear Necessities” A fundraising event for BSBCC. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. 14 November 2008.

Wong, S.T. The plight and the conservation challenges of the sun bears: what can we do to save this little bear? The Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA.  28 October 2008.

Wong, S.T. The plight and the conservation challenges of the sun bears: what can we do to save this little bear? Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington, USA. 21 October 2008.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of sun bear in Malaysia. University of Montana. Missoula, Montana, USA. 15 September 2008.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of sun bear in Malaysia. (Children version). Bukit Damansara Primary School. Kuala Lumpur. 29 May 2008.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of sun bear in Malaysia. Department of Veterinary. University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. 29 May 2008.

Wong, S.T. Help me! The survival threats, rescue center, and rehabilitation of Bornean sun bears in Malaysia. (In Chinese). Institute of Wildlife Conservation. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Pingtung, Taiwan. 25 October 2007.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of sun bear in Malaysia. Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. 18 June 2007.

Wong, S.T. The effects of selective logging on sun bear and bearded pigs in lowland tropical rainforest of Borneo. Singapore Zoo, Singapore. 17 June 2007.

Wong, S.T. The effects of selective logging on sun bear and bearded pigs in lowland tropical rainforest of Borneo. Singapore Zoo, Singapore. 15 June 2007.

Wong, S.T. The ecology of Malayan sun bear and their conservation issues in a changing landscape. Raleigh International. Danum Valley Field Center. 5 May2007.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of sun bear in Malaysia. Society of Natural Science and Grand Perfect Sdn. Bhd. Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. 15 November 2006.

Wong, S.T. The research and conservation of  Bornean Sun Bear and Bearded Pig. (In Chinese). Institute of Wildlife Conservation. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Pingtung, Taiwan. 19 October 2006.

 Wong, S.T. The Bornean Sun Bear and Bearded Pig Research and Conservation Project. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China. 25 July 2006.

Wong, S.T. The ecology of Malayan sun bear and their conservation issues in a changing landscape. Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, Kota KInabalu. 20 May 2006.

Wong, S.T. The Bornean Sun Bear and Bearded Pig Research and Conservation Project. Sabah State Economic Planning Unit & Sabah Sate Government Agencies, Kota Kinabalu. 19 May 2006.

Wong, S.T. The Bornean Sun Bear and Bearded Pig Research and Conservation Project. The Sabah Society. Kota Kinabalu. 19 May 2006.

Wong, S.T. The ecology of Malayan sun bear and their conservation issues in a changing landscape (in Malay). Sabah State Department of Women Welfare. Danum Valley Field Center. 29 April 2006.

Wong, S.T. The ecology of Malayan sun bear and their conservation issues in a changing landscape. Raleigh International. Danum Valley Field Center. 29 March 2006.

Wong, S.T. The Bornean Sun Bear and Bearded Pig Research and Conservation Project. Swedish Biodiversity Center & Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden. Danum Valley Field Center. 22 March 2006.

Wong, S.T. The Bornean Sun Bear and Bearded Pig Research and Conservation Project. Alumni of Department of Silviculture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden. Danum Valley Field Center. 5 March 2006.

Wong, S.T. Impacts of fruit production cycle Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Invited speaker. University of Umea-Sweden. Danum Valley Field center. 2 March 2006.

Wong, S.T. Impacts of fruit production cycle Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Invited speaker. Faculty of Biology and Natural Resources, National University of Malaysia. Bangi. 21 February 2006.

Wong, S.T. The ecology of Malayan sun bear and their conservation issues in a changing landscape. Invited speaker. Faculty of Biology and Natural Resources, National University of Malaysia. Bangi. 21 February 2006.

Wong, S.T. Figs: why are they crucial to the future of Bornean rainforests? Invited speaker. Malaysian Nature Society. Penang Branch. Penang. 17 February 2006.

Wong, S.T. Impacts of fruit production cycle Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Invited speaker. Nordic Rainforest Research Network. Danum Valley Field Center. 18 November 2005.

Wong, S.T. Impacts of fruit production cycle Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Invited speaker. Forest Research Centre, Sepilok, Sabah Forestry Department, Sandakan. 30 September 2005.

Wong, S.T. In Search of the Bornean Bear: An ecological study of the Malayan sun bear and their conservation in a changing landscape. Invited speaker. The Sabah Society Sandakan Branch, Sandakan.30 September 2005.

Wong, S.T. Figs: why are they crucial to the future of Bornean rainforests? Invited speaker. The Sabah Society Sandakan Branch, Sandakan.30 September 2005.

Wong, S.T. An ecological study of the Malayan sun bear and their conservation in a changing landscape. Sabah Foundation, Danum Valley Field Centre. 4 September 2005.

Wong, S.T. An ecological study of the Malayan sun bear and their conservation in a changing landscape. Universiti Technology MARA & Sabah Health Department, Danum Valley Field Centre.3 September 2005.

Wong, S.T. The ecology of the Malayan sun bear and their conservation in a changing landscape in Malaysia. Sheretoku National Park, Hokkaido, Japan. 8 August 2005.

Wong, S.T. In Search of the Bornean Bear: An ecological study of the Malayan sun bear and their conservation in a changing landscape. Singapore Zoo, Singapore. 25 July 2005.

Wong, S.T. Impacts of fruit production cycle Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Invited speaker. Sabah Wildlife Department, Kota Kinabalu. 21 June 2005.

Wong, S.T. Figs: why are they crucial to the future of Bornean rainforests? Invited speaker. The Sabah Society. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. 21 June 2005.

Wong, S.T. Sun bear ecology (in Malay), Sabah Nature Club, Danum Valley Field Centre. 18 June 2005.

Wong, S.T. Introduction of Danum’s wildlife (in Malay). Universiti Putra Malaysia, Danum Valley Field Centre. 14 April 2005.

Wong, S.T. Ecology of the Malayan sun bear in Danum. Raleigh International, Danum Valley Field Centre. 6 April 2005.

Wong, S.T. An ecological study of the Malayan sun bear and their conservation in a changing landscape. Scientist’s Night Talk, Danum Valley Field Centre. 21 March 2005.

Wong, S.T. Impacts of fruiting cycle on sun bears and bearded pigs. University of Umea-Sweden, Danum Valley Field Centre. 3 March 2005.

Wong, S.T. In Search of the Bornean Bear: An ecological study of the Malayan sun bear and their conservation in a changing landscape (In Chinese). Institute of Wildlife Conservation. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Pingtung, Taiwan. 18 January 2005.

Wong, S.T. In Search of the Bornean Bear: An ecology study of the Malayan sun bear. Oakland Zoo, CA. 1 April 2004.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of Malayan sun bear in Malaysia. Invited speaker, Malaysian Nature Society, Penang, Malaysia. 16 Jan 2004.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of Malayan sun bear in Malaysia. Invited speaker, Faculty of Resource and Science Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, Malaysia. 12 Jan 2004.

Wong, S.T. The ecology and conservation of Malayan sun bear in Malaysia. Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 22 Dec 2003.

Wong, S.T. The ecology of Malayan sun bear in the lowland tropical forest of Borneo. Key speaker, Malayan Sun Bear Lecture Night, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA. 23 Aug 2001

Wong, S.T. The ecology of Malayan sun bear in the lowland tropical forest of Borneo. The Great Bear Foundation. University of Montana. 15 Mar 2001

Wong, S.T. The sun bear project. The Sabah Society, Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah, Malaysia. 13 Oct 2000

Wong, S.T. The sun bear project. The Sabah Zoological Society, KK, Sabah, Malaysia. 30 Dec 1999

Poster

Wong, S.T., C. Servheen, L. Ambu, and Norhayati A. 2005. Impacts of fruit production cycle Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Paper presented at The 1st Asian Meeting of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand.

Wong, S.T., C. Servheen, L. Ambu, and Norhayati A. 2005. Impacts of fruit production cycle Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.– Poster presented at the 9th International Mammalogical Congress, Sapporo, Japan.

Wong, S.T, T. Radandt,R. Facklam. 2004. A Culvert trap design for Malayan sun bear. Poster presented at the student session: 15th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, San Diego, California, USA.

 Featured in Mass Media:

2011     Perspire to Inspire- an update on Wong Siew Te. Pg 15. I.M. Magazine.

2011     Pet trade, palm oil, and poaching: the challenges of saving the ‘forgotten bear’. Story by Laurel Neme. at mongabay.com. March 20, 2011

2010     Rays of hope for the world’s smallest bears. Story by Francesca Sandwell. September 22, 2010. Positive News. Issue 65.

2010       Borneo bears get help from Montana alum. Story by Hannah Ryan. October 1, 2010. Montana Kaimin.

2010       Captive bear news: highlighting professionals behind the scenes- Siew Te Wong, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Written by Jordan Schaul. International Bear News 19 (3): 29-31.

2010       Interviewed by Zoo Talkin’ Radio, hosted by Sandra Dee Robinson and Jordal Schaul, aired on June 14, 2010.

2010       Interviewed by “The WildLife” Radio show host by Laurel Neme, on “The Radiator” 105.9 FM in Burlington, VT, USA , on May 17, 2010.

2010       Perspire to inspire: Man on mission. Feature article wrote by Crystal Cha on the story of Wong Siew Te and his work to save sun bear in I.M Magazine, a popular Malaysian magazine. April 2010.

2009       Researcher shines light on ‘forgotten species’. Story by Hannah J. Ryan. September 23, 2009 Montana Kaimin.

2009       Exploring Malaysia-Interviewed by Joana Bessey on BSBCC and Sun Bears. BBC World New. April 2009.

2008      “The sun bear man- an interview with Wong Siew Te”- The New Sabah Times. 14 November 2008.

2008      “Bear Necessities Fund raising Event- Interview with Wong Siew Te and Cynthia Ong”. Online article at Life in Borneo. 13 November 2008.

2008      “Plight of sun bears: time running out” & “Plight of sun bears: Paying a high price for being adorable”, Feature articles on The New Straits Times on sun bears and S.T.Wong by Evengeline Majawat and Julia Chan. 3 November 2008.

2008      “An Interview with sun bear expert Siew Te Wong: Habitat destruction, logging, wildlife trade drive sun bears toward extinction”.  Online interview article feature in www.mongabay.com. 25 September 2008.

2008      “Wong Siew Te- the first spoke person for the sun bear” and other four related articles on sun bears.- Feature in Full Record of Environment, the first Chinese environmental and nature magazine.

2008      “Wong Siew Te Dances with sun bears”- Feature article on Nanyang Shang Pau (Nanyang Press) about the sun bear research and conservation works by Wong Siew Te (In Chinese). January 15, 2008. http://www.nanyang.com/index.php?ch=19&pg=70&ac=805592          

2007      “BEARTREK” –an epic, high definition documentary movie features several bear research projects, including S.T. Wong sun bear project across the world.  http://homepage.mac.com/pontecorvo1/DOWNLOAD/iMovieTheater83.html

2007      “Research projects in Danum Valley” –Feature article on Nanyang Shang Pau (Nanyang Press) about the project story written by Yee Mei Cui. May 12, 2007.

2007      “Bearded Pigs and its conservation in Sabah”- Feature article on bearded pigs written by Larry Laron after interviewed S.T. Wong. Daily Press, March 3, 2007. 

2006      “Hanging on”, “Fighting for survival”, “Malayan sun bear facts”, “Friend of bears”- Series of articles written by Tan Chen Li on S.T. Wong and his works on sun bear research and conservation, featured in The Star –Environment section, 8 August 2006.  

2006      “Sun bear staring at sunset”, For Wong, it’s a bear necessity” -Series of articles written by Elizabeth John on S.T. Wong and his works on sun bear research and conservation, featured in New Straits Times. 2 July 2006.              

2005      “The world’s smallest bear-the arboreal sun bear”-article written by S.T. Wong featured in Sin Chew Jit Po (National Chinese Newspaper, in Chinese), July 30th, 2005.

2005      “The Malayan Sun Bear”- article on sun bear facts and ecology featured in The Borneo Post, June 4th, 2005.

2005      Interviewed by Sveriges Radio-Swedish National Radio Co. in program “Naturmorgon,” on sun bear conservation and ecology.

2002      “Animal Tracks: The Malayan sun bears,” produced by Discovery Channel for Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.   

2001      “World Gone Wild: The sun bear story”. Produced by Natural History New Zealand Ltd., for Fox TV Studio and Fox Family Channel, USA.

 Professional Services

2011                       Council member, International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA)

2010 - persent     Member, IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group.

2009- present      Project Collaborator, Sabah’s wild cat species of conservation concern. Principal investigators: Dr. Jedediah Brodie (University of Montana, USA.) and Dr. James Sanderson (Wildlife Conservation Network & IUCN Cat Specialist Group).

2009                     Member, Yale Large Carnivore Group.

2007                      Committee member, Malaysian Red Data Book Assessment for Malaysian mammals.

2007- 2009          Affiliate Researcher, Singapore Zoo.

2007- 2008          Member, IUCN/SSC Pigs, Peccaries & Hippos Specialist Group.

2006- 2009          Field Research & Conservation Advisor for Malayan sun bear- Bear Conservation Medicine Program http://www.bearconservationmedicine.org/           

2005- present      Member, Bear Trade Expert Team –IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group and the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA).

2005- present      Member, Sun Bear Expert Team -IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group and the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA).

2002- 2005:        Co-Chair, Sun Bear Expert Team-IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group and the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA).

2004-2005:         IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group Coordinating Committee.

2002- present      Member, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group

Reviewer for:       Journal of Wildlife Management; URSUS, an official publication of the IBA; The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology; Biodiversity and Conservation; Wildlife Conservation Society; Zoological Research; Small   Carnivores Conservation.

 Awards

2009      Bertha Morton Scholarship, University of Montana. .

               The University of Montana Graduate Student Travel Award.

2006      Best Student Project Award in Training Course on Advanced Techniques in Frugivory and Seed Dispersal, Yunnan, China.

               17th International Bear Association Conference in Japan Travel Award; 

              Flying Elephant Foundation Fellowship,

               Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Award, 

2006       Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Travel Grant

2005      The 9th International Mammalogical Congress Travel Award

2004      The University of Montana Graduate Student Travel Award

2001      Minnesota Zoo Conservation Advisory Team Awards

1997      James C. Salinas Scholarship, University of Montana.

               Forestry Dean’s Award-Wildlife Biology;

               M. Papich Scholarship/FAO Award, U of Montana

1995      Vaughan Family Estate Scholarship/FAO Award, University of Montana

Grants and donations (in US$):

2011   Woodland Park Zoo 2011 Conservation Dues Program $1000

              Columbus Zoo and Aquarium $13,570

            Cheryl Grunbock and Martin King Foundation $4000

2010    Malaysian Federal Government 10th Malaysia Plan $473,000

            Sea World and Busch Garden Conservation Fund $10,000

            LUSH Charity Pot- LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics $14,000

            Wild4Ever $1000

            Shared Earth Foundation $25,000

            Wildlife Direct online Donation $3,000

            Woodland Park Zoo 2010 Conservation Dues Program $1000

            Cheryl Grunbock and Martin King Foundation $5000

            Cleveland Metro Zoo $3000

2009    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium $10,000

            Shared Earth Foundation $15,000

            Sea World and Busch Garden Conservation Fund $5,000

             Wild4Ever $1,500

             Alexander Abraham Foundation, $4,148 

            EARCOS fund raising $1500

            Bukit Damansara School $1500

            Woodland Park Zoo $1000

2008    Cheryl Grunbock and Martin King Foundation $5000

            Bear Necessities Fund Raising Event $195,000

            Bear Necessities Matching Fund from Sabah State Government $195,000

            Oakland Zoo bear keepers, $800

            Flying Elephant Foundation, $25,000

            Tanya Rosen, $1,000

            AZA Bear Tag, $1,500

            LEAP website Online donation $400

            Muchnic Foundation $5,000

            Woodland Park Zoo, $500

            Oakland Zoo, $1,000

            Oregon Zoo $700

            Woodland Park Zoo, $500

            Wildlife Direct Online Donation $2185

            Wildlife Conservation Network $3,500

2007    BEARTREK-Wildlife Media Inc., $5,000

            The Department of State -The United State of America via The US Embassy in Malaysia, $40,000

            Singapore Zoological Gardens-Wildlife Research and Conservation Fund, $9,380

            IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group-International Conservation Network, $13,000

            Re-housing and enrichment project for captive sun bears at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center- Raised $12,000 from various funding sources.

            The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Fund, $10,000

            Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Award, $10,000

            Woodland Park Zoo Partners for Wildlife Conservation Training & Capacity Building Program,  $5,000

            Alexander Abraham Foundation $25,000

            The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) branding project

            The Minnesota Zoo’s Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Fund, $2,500

            Singapore Zoological Gardens-Wildlife Research and Conservation Fund, $9,380

            IBA Research & Conservation Grant Program, $10,000

            Alexander Abraham Foundation via LEAP, $10,000

            The Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Funds, $5000

2005    The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Fund, $10,000

            The Woodland Park Zoo Conservation Fund, $3,000

            Singapore Zoological Gardens-Wildlife Research and Conservation Fund, $9,000

            The Minnesota Zoo’s Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Fund, $2,300

            Little Rock Zoo Conservation Fund, $1,100

            The Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Funds, $5,000

2004    The Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Funds, $5,000

            The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) Research & Conservation Grant  Program, $5000

2003    The Woodland Park Zoo Conservation Fund, $3500

            Garden City American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), $1000

            San Diego Zoo, $1000; Lincoln Park Zoo AAZK Chapter, $1,000

            The Puget Sound AAZK Chapter, $1800

            Sun Bear Species Survival Plan

            Minnesota Zoo Conservation Advisory Team Awards, $1000

            The Oxford University Expedition to Sumatra (1998), $5000

            The Woodland Park Zoo Jungle Party Conservation Fund, $750

            Wildlife Conservation Society- Research Fellowship Program, $10,000

            The Brookfield Zoo Conservation Research Fund

            The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

            The Barbara Delano Foundation, $19,500

1998    The Walt Disney Foundation Conservation Fund. $5,000

 

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24 comments on “About Siew Te Wong

  1. Admire your passion. Truly understand it is not an easy decision for Asian Family. We plan to send our team to the jungle and to get first hand help to animal conservation project, can you arrange this?

  2. Siew Te Wong on said:

    Hi Pin,
    I sure can help you up with this mission. We can communicate more with emails and see what kind of work you and your team like to do and how U can help up. Thanks for the helps!

  3. Jay Gilliland on said:

    Helo Mr Wong
    It has been almost 40 years ago. But back in 1972 I lived in Florida and stoped at a friends service station on the way home from work one evening and there was a cub bear. I ask Pat about it and he told me a customer had left it there. He was going to pick it up in the morning to have it declawed and defanged. So he could keep it in the apartment were he lived. I told Pat that I was taking it home with me as I lived out in the Ocala forest and have the guy call me. I had not heard from him in a week ahd ask Pat what happened he said that were he lived they would not let him have him there. He had a buddy that had a kennel of dogs and he could put him there. Pat had given him my phone number. Pat told me that the guy was not much. Well when I did here from him in about a month I told him what he owed me for food and up keep he said that if I wanted him he would bring all the papers up to Pat’s for me. He had all the shipping and looked like owner papers so I took them.
    I got in touch with the New Yourk Zoo at the time and they told me what they thougth I should feed it and what shots that it might need. Well the raw meet Teddy did not like a all my wife had to cook it some for him to eat it. I took the info for the shots to our vet that we used and he order the vaccine. When it came in the girl called and said that Teddy’s shot’s were in and I took him down the next day. I left him in the car and went in and ask how to get around back and the girl said ALL pets had to come through the front. I said mam I don’t think you– and she said through the front and I said OK. So when Teddy and I came through the front door and Teddy stood up ( WELL ) well then we got to go around to the back. But the dogs and cats were still upset.
    But now 40 years later I had a lot left to learn. I loved Teddy. He was out side on a long runner chain. When I was home he ran lose and would not let me out of his site for very long. And now I know how come when I put water in the wagon he would sit in it and play all day long. He would rip open your shirt pocker and steel your cigarettes and eat them and spit out the filter. The NY Zoo said that was okay as the tobacco would be good for him!!
    Well Sir I will go for now as I am no good at this email stoff.
    If you are in the US and have I would like to call you as I have a verizon cell phone.
    As for what happened to Teddy. I fell 52 feet in 1973 and could not walk or work. I wore a boddy cast for a year. I could not afford to keep and feed him. A good friend of mine told me his uncle would keep him on there farm for me. when I sak about Teddy they said he was doing good. But when I was geting closer to wanting to go and get him. then they told me that his wife was afraid of him and they to him to Leesburg. So he was given to the wild animal park in Leesburg Fl.
    I never did go down there to try and see him as they said I could not get him back. But I have never forgit him. I do have a few pictures.

    Jay Gilliland
    Springville Tn.

  4. Siew Te Wong on said:

    Hi Jay,
    Thanks for sharing your story. I am sure there were a lot to tell and share of Teddy and you. Yes, I am in US, you can call 406-542 7430. Looking forward to have a chit-chat with you.
    Cheers,
    Wong

  5. Jeanette McDermott on said:

    I have posted photos and info about the plight of Sun bears at my social network http://ecopaparazzi.ning.com. I link back to Wildlife Direct, Mongabay, BearTrek and Wild Asia.

    This is a critical problem you are involved in, and I’d like to help with your conservation efforts in any way I can through the network, including helping you raise money and giving you a presence on the website to help raise awareness.

    Please visit ecopaparazzi and send me a note so we can begin dialogue. You can learn more about me at my website:
    www.jeanettemcdermott.org

    Let’s chat!
    Jeanete

  6. Siew Te Wong on said:

    Dear Jeanette,

    Thanks for doing the posting. I look at your website and really impress with the information you posted. thanks for doing all of that.
    Sun bear need helps from many people to spread their plight. You can help by posting news about them and our works. We have many thing in common. Please do feel free to contact me and like you said, let’s chat. My skype is “wongsiew”.
    Thanks again.

  7. Wong,

    Thank you so so much for your hard work researching and protecting the sun bear and other Malaysian animal species. Your efforts are very much appreciated from afar.

    John in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

  8. Siew Te Wong on said:

    Hi John,
    You are very welcome. All of the works I did would not be possible without the helps from many people. They all are the true heroes behind what you seen. You too can help us make a different for sun bears!
    ~Wong

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  10. Madeleine on said:

    Hi Siew Te,

    Glad to see a fellow Asian doing this. I’m from Taiwan myself and it was Jeanette who mentioned to me about what you’re doing. I’m trying to save the moon bears and I have to admit that I didn’t even know about the sun bears until now! I did visit the Malaysian Borneo about 10 years ago and toured the rain forest by motorboat. I wonder if the hibiscus monkeys are still around? Anyway bravo on the work and keep in touch!

    Madeleine

  11. Siew Te Wong on said:

    Hi Madeleine,
    Thanks for leaving me a message. It is good to know too you as a fellow Asian, especially a Taiwanese, is helping the Asian bear species. I am not surprise that you did not know about sun bear before this. They are so little know and people simply forgot about them. I called them a forgotten bear. What I have been doing is trying to change all of these. I have been seeking for people like you and Jeanette to help sun bear so that they are not being forgotten for the benefit of all life forms.
    I am happy to learn that you are starting a good cause in NY helping AAF and their animals. I hope you can one day do the same for sun bears. Help us spread the words about sun bear and their plight in New York.
    FYI, the place that you visited should be Sukau to see the proboscis monkeys. Yes, the place and the wildlife are still there but the forest is shrinking and the wildlife is jeopardized as we speak. There are many sun bears in the forest along the river but no one has special interest to conserve them. We hope BSBCC will do more to protect them on the ground and working closely on the conservation in many places in Borneo, especially Sabah, the last strong hold of Bornean wildlife.
    Thank you for your kind words. However, I did not do all of this alone and can’t do them all by myself. I need helps from many others and people like you to make a different for sun bear, their habitat, and all the life form on Earth including you and me! Jeannette has enlighten me on a lot of things, including how ordinary person can do to help wildlife and how internet is becoming an important tool to aid wildlife conservation. Really hope one day we all can work together to make a little difference to this world, one at a time, and slowly, we will get there. Never give up!

    Bear hugs,
    Siew Te

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  13. caroline rupert on said:

    Hi Siew Te,
    I work for a charitable organisation that is coming to Sepilok in the next month, I would really love to set something up so that we can perhaps help you in some way. I really admire what you are doing here!
    Caroline

  14. Siew Te Wong on said:

    Hi Caroline,
    Thank you for your interest to work with us. I am so happy that you plan to help us in some ways. However, like I mentioned in my email, we have some difficulties to accommodate your group next month due to the reason I mentioned. I feel bad to decline your offer but I hope you understand our situation. Anyway, I hope there is still many opportunity to work with you in the future as long as there is more time to plan ahead and to get the proper documents ready.
    Thank you!
    ~Wong

  15. Keep up the good work!Nature rules!Yeah!

  16. Harry Hmura on said:

    Happy Holidays Wong… am a facebook friend from Chicago. Friends with many like yourself keeping up the good fight to help and care for the many creatures in this world. Your amazing help, compassion, caring and understanding is truly beyond words. Education is so very important… How I wish all people would simply want to preserve and enjoy the many creatures we have and live with on this planet.!
    Thank you is not enough to express for all you do.., mere words though sincere ones.
    All my best,

    Harry
    Founder/director of
    www.musiciansforapes.com
    including a link to BSBCC

  17. Siew Te Wong on said:

    Hi Harry,
    Thanks for your greetings and kind words. Thank you and you are most welcome. I saw your Music for Apes campaign and really inspire with that. This is a good example and anyone can make a differences and take part to help protect of other non-human life form on Earth. Do what you do best, is what I always tell people to do if they ask me how can they help the course. I am enlighten by your organization too. Maybe one day there is a Music for bears or Sun Bear campaign coming out from your ways.
    Thank you again. Hope your work go well. Yes, together we can make a difference!
    Wong

  18. Rebecca, Australia on said:

    Hi Wong, I have only just started reading your blog but am going to catch up on all your past posts.
    You are doing a wonderful thing by helping the sun bear. Every species counts, no matter how big or small, or how well known it is. Every single animal deserves a chance to life as nature intended.

    I look forward to following your blog from now into the future!

    Rebecca

  19. Siew Te Wong on said:

    Hi Rebecca,
    Thanks for leaving comments at this site and the loving for sun bear. I am humbled of your complement words as I am just starting to help sun bear in every ways that I could. This little bear is fallen behind many other species of threatened animals and faced many challenges for their survivals. As a research student who works closely with these bears for years, the frustration of lack of interest on conservation attention on sun bears from the international wildlife conservation communities is way beyond anyone imagination. This is one of the main reasons that I HAVE to found the BSBCC sun bear centre so that it can serve as a strong base for conducting conservation works and raising public awareness for sun bears. However, our goals would not be success without the support and help from people like you. Please help us make noise, raise voices, raise conservation awareness and fund if you can. The issue now is not just saving a single species-sun bear from vanishing from the Earth, but the protection of integrality the tropical rainforest ecosystem that we all depend so much on.

    Thank you again for following my blog from time to time. Please help us spread the words and the love to these bears. Sun bear is the least known, the first step we could do to help this bear is to make them well known!

    Bear hugs,
    Wong

  20. Sandra McLeod on said:

    Hello!

    Wonderful work you are doing and have done! I am hoping to find a copy of a front right paw print (long story…)as I want to have the imprint tatooed on my shoulder. It’s been a dream of mine – literally. Thank you so very much for any information you can give!
    Sandra McLeod – “Red Bear Woman”
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

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