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Lawa gofundme Campaign

Text and Photos by Chiew Lin May


Lawa has been thriving since she was rescued. She is eager to show that her world is in the forest! Lawa is an agile and cheerful sun bear.  She is become excellent in foraging, digging for grubs, sniffing out bee hives, climbing trees and building a tree nest on her own. It makes you realize how wild these sun bears are meant be.

With her strong natural instincts and mastered all the survival skills, Lawa will soon be a great candidate to release in the wild. Please help us to make Lawa’s freedom possible and give her a future where she belongs! Your support is vital to us. We cannot do it without you!

Here is the site just specify for Lawa gofundme campaign.

Your donation is much appreciated!



Photos by : Jeremy Jeffrey


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.

Mr.Wong Siew Te explaining about our Centre to 1 Utamas Staff and media.

“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.








Mr.Wong explaining about The Education Nature Aquarium Project (ENAP).

“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.

Discuss something with 1 Utama A&P General Manager , Mr Patrick So , Li Lian (PR Manager) and Joey Chong ( PR Senior Executive).










The audince was eager to hear briefing from Mr. Wong

Mr. Wong gave short briefing about the sun bears and our Centre.

Mr. Wong gave a talk about the sun bears and our Centre.

Mr. Patrick gave some speech about the campaigns to Mr Wong.

Mr. Patrick gave some speech about the campaigns to Mr Wong.

A cheque replica 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

Mr Wong gave a souvenir of appreciation to Mr Patrick

Got interviewed from NTV7 station t.v

Interviewed from The Star reporter

Gloria Ganang (BSBCC Environmental Education Executive) informing about our centre operations to Mr.Patrick .

Group photo!

Joey sign the visitors book before they left

Toys for sun bears by South Island School, Hong Kong

Text by Gloria Ganang & photo by Tee Thye Lim & Tommy Johnny

The sun bears at BSBCC had a great day playing with enrichments made by the students of South Island School, Hong Kong when they visited the Centre on the 8th October 2013. Being in Borneo for the first time, the students are curious about this least known bear species. They get to learn more detail about the sun bears behavior by making observations on the sun bears in their enclosures.

A total of 21 students with 3 teachers spread around the observation platform, spotted a particular bear and observed their behavior. They were enthusiast to make fun toys or enrichments for the sun bears as soon as they had seen them. Enrichments were made using materials as natural as possible such as spiral ginger leaves, bamboo, fruits, vegetables, hessian sacks and banana leaves. Check out these kids cramping their heads constructing toys for the sun bears!

Apart from making toys for the sun bears, the students also handed some donations for the sun bears!

The students definitely spent a great time with the bears. Thanks to enthusiastic and passionate team from Ape Malaysia ( for taking these awesome kids to visit the Centre!

BSBCC to hold fundraiser to meet increasing cost of caring for Sun Bears

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A dip for the bears

Monday February 25, 2013

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<b>Bear necessities:</b> Friends Katie McDonald (left) and Anna Marie Zarb in their sun bear costumes, shortly before they took the Loony Dook challenge along with other participants. Bear necessities: Friends Katie McDonald (left) and Anna Marie Zarb in their sun bear costumes, shortly before they took the Loony Dook challenge along with other participants.

Two English women brave freezing waters to raise funds for our Bornean sun bears.

ARMED with nothing more than a spunky heart and a genuine concern for animal welfare, two friends braved the icy waters at an annual dip event to raise funds for Bornean sun bears.

Katie McDonald and Anna Marie Zarb, who both hail from England, participated in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook challenge held at Scotland’s Firth of Forth, the estuary in which River Forth meets the North Sea.

The event drew participants, both young and old, who took a leap of faith by plunging into the icy depths of the firth as a novel way of celebrating the New Year.

A conversation between two pals over drinks during Christmas break in 1986 sparked off the idea after one of them suggested dipping in the firth to clear their hangovers! When more friends took to the idea, Loony Dook was thus born, and is now celebrated in a much more boisterous manner than in the past.

People come from around the world to join in or be a spectator, and over time, the participants have also made the dip a fundraiser for charities of their choice. Part of the fun lies in some of the bizzare costumes that participants don.

To reflect the charity they picked – the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, Malaysia – McDonald and Zarb made online purchases of outfits which they later modified to look like that of a sun bear with its unique yellow chest patch.

So what motivated McDonald and Zarb to raise funds for an NGO that is nearly halfway around the globe from their home country?

“I was in Malaysia for a few years and saw that it is such a beautiful country. There’s such an amazing biodiversity, but the ecosystem is fragile and many of the animals are threatened,” said McDonald, 28, in an e-mail interview.

“During my stint in Malaysia, I worked closely with a number of wildlife and conservation-related organisations. It was tough having to single out one particular project to raise funds for. I felt that the work carried out at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre covered a lot of important areas which included animal welfare, wildlife rehabilitation, habitat preservation, public education and research. I also like the idea of bringing awareness of tropical animals and conservation to a different part of the world.”

For Zarb, 34, the plight of animals is a subject close to her heart, and she is happy to help any animal charity, regardless of its location.

Both women are currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the Edinburgh University, which was how they met.

“Loony Dook is a part of Hogmanay (a uniquely Scottish New Year celebration that dates back to olden times) and certainly seems like fun!” said Zarb.

On the day of the event, the weather was sunny. Despite that, they could still feel the chill while waiting for their turn to jump in.

“We had no idea what the water temperature would be like, only that it would be cold! The thought of a good cause helped us overcome the temperature anxiety!” said McDonald.

“Anna decided that the best strategy was to scream and run in, so that was what we did and after a few seconds, we kind of lost feeling anyway! All around, there were stewards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution stopping people from going too deep as a safety measure,” said McDonald.

The duo stayed in the water for a couple of minutes, accompanied by a quick swim.

“At the end of the day, we know that it’s BSBCC and the sun bears that are benefiting, so it was worth braving the cold!” added McDonald.

In mid-December, she had put up a posting on a social networking site to share what she was doing, to raise a targeted sum of £200.

“We wanted to raise greater awareness about sun bears in the hope that more people would think about them and find out more about this little known but fascinating animal,” said McDonald.

“I have visited the centre several times as I used to work for a company which brought groups of school kids to Sabah.

“One of the projects we undertook was making enrichment toys for the bears; we learnt about their natural behaviour and the ecology of the species. All the centre’s personnel were so supportive of the students. They were happy to share their knowledge and passion for sun bears.

“The centre’s founder, Wong Siew Te, is a leading expert, yet he always has time to spend with visitors and share everything he knows about sun bears, the smallest among eight bear species. It’s a fantastic centre and a great place to learn about sun bears and conservation,” said McDonald, who recently helped to raise funds for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, as well as Save the Children, a global organisation working to help children get access to food, education, healthcare and human rights.

To learn more about the sun bears, visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre homepage at



When They Know That Koala Is Not A Bear

Text and photo by Tee Thye Lim

“Is the Koala a bear species?”
Asked our Project Manager, Wai Pak to the primary school students of SK. St. Gabriel who visited our centre on the 23 Oct 2012.


Wai Pak giving a short briefing to the SK St. Gabriel students
before they were brought in for a tour at BSBCC.


“Yes, because it looks like a bear!”
A little girl raised up her hand and answered.

“No! Koala is not a bear!”
A little boy refuted from the opposite side. The argument continued for about 3 minutes until Wai Pak announced the answer.

“No, Koala is not a bear species, it is a type of the Marsupial, same family with the kangaroos” said Wai Pak.


The different facial expressions of the students after learning
that the Koala is not a bear


Most of the kids have an idea of a sun bear. They’ve  seen it on TV programmes, perhaps on the internet, however not in a natural environment.

Some of them also mentioned about the local TV programme, TV3 which aired  a documentary about BSBCC last week end: <Sunshine in Sepilok: Tales of the Bornean Sun Bears>

Later, knowing that they were about to see real, life Bornean sun bears, the smallest among the smallest of the bears in the world, the kids couldn’t wait.


The young generations’ curiosity of the nature is always the
best inspiration of mother Earth conservation

The SK St. Gabriel students at first did not see the Sun Bears roaming at the visible spot.

Fortunately, they were able to join the  second group of visitors on that day which was the students of the American International School of Hong Kong, guided by the Animal Projects & Environmental Education (APE) Malaysia team.

This time everyone was able to spot the sun bears. More excitingly, sun bears climbing the trees!



The American International School of Hong Kong group were then invited to watch the BSBCC documentary  <Big Dream Little Bears>.


Wai Pak giving a short introduction about the documentary


At the end of the visit, SK. St. Gabriel presented a drawing to BSBCC. It was inspiring! Thank you so much!


Wai Pak (left) and Wong (centre) receiving the drawing
from SK St. Gabriel


Also, many thanks to APE Malaysia team for your donations! Not forgetting the hessian sacks you brought us. The bears will definitely love rubbing themselves on them!

Lastly and most importantly, thank you for sparing time and efforts to visit our Centre. It was such a great opportunity for us to share the needs of this small small bear species!

Representative of the American International School group (right) handing over donation to BSBCC, represented by Wai Pak (left)

Thank you  SK. St. Gabriel!
Thank you APE Malaysia and American International School of Hong Kong!

We hope to see you again!

Anglo Chinese School Independent (ACSI) students visit to BSBCC

Text by Gloria Ganang and photos by Thye Lim and Ade Kurniawan

Yesterday was another meaningful day at the BSBCC. We had an educatonal visit from a group of teens from the Anglo Chinese School Independent (ACSI), Singapore. They consist of 23 students of the age 17-18 years old, accompanied by 2 teachers. The visit was organized by the Animal Project & Environmental Education (APE) Malaysia to give the students an experience about animal conservation. The teens get to involve in hands on activities of the sun bear rehabilitation process which consists of doing pre enrichment and post enrichment behavioral observation on the sun bears at the centre.

Students observing bear behavior from the observation platform

Observing bears at the bear house

They also get the chance to do enrichment for the bears in between their observation sessions. The enrichment materials were provided and the students created the enrichment using their imagination of what would be is suitable for sun bears. This is to build awareness among students about the importance of stimulating animal natural behavior through enrichment.

Preparing enrichment for the bears

Bear enrichment!

Bear enrichment!

Bear enrichment!

Bears playing with the enrichment made by the students.

Before they left the centre, our Project Manager, Wai Pak explained to the students about the bears reaction towards the enrichments they made. They were also told about the bears in the centre going through rehabilitation process and the threats of sun bears as well.

Wai Pak explaining about sun bear threats

ACSI students with APE Malaysia and BSBCC staff

Lastly, we would like to express our many thanks to the APE Malaysia team for organizing such beneficial activity for the centre especially in terms of education. Thanks to the ACSI students as well for spending time with us learning about sun bear rehabilitation!

Best wishes from BSBCC team!

Miami University – Dragonfly Project students visit BSBCC

Text by Gloria Ganang and photo by Tee Thye Lim

The BSBCC welcomed 21 students from Miami University today. They arrived at 11am and it was just the right time to see the bears resting or taking their naps in the enclosure, which is right after their feeding time. The bears were already on their most comfortable position between tree branches, taking their afternoon naps as the group emerge towards the observation platform. Sun Bears usually take naps in the afternoon for an hour or two.  Seeing a bear resting between tree branches is always spectacular and amusing even for the BSBCC staff! You are one of the lucky ones if you get to see this, as this particular experience would be very rare especially in the wild. Sun bears might just move away when sensing human presence.  We also get to share the experience of Manis, one of the adult female of the centre foraging for food on the forest floor.

While enjoying the tropical forest environment on the observation platform, Wong, the founder and CEO of BSBCC told fascinating stories about sun bears in the wild.




It is always a pleasure for us to share our interests and concerns about sun bears with as many people as possible. We would like to take this wonderful opportunity to thank the Miami University group for supporting us through their donation. Thanks for buying our t-shirts and bandanas as well! It would really help us in rehabilitating the sun bears and spread the words about the forgotten bear  – the sun bears!

Boho chic: Where Ipanema meets Gisele

Monday June 11, 2012

Boho chic: Where Ipanema meets Gisele


MENTION Brazil and you immediately think of Rio de Janeiro. Then your mind goes to beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema.

Along with the beaches, come images of gorgeous girls. Naturally, you can’t get any more gorgeous than world-famous Brazillian supermodel Gisele Bündchen!

Brazillian footwear label Ipanema has roped in the model to be the face for the brand.

Sandals in varied colours and designs for women and children.

For Spring/Summer 2012, the link-up between these two hot Brazillian names has resulted in two new lines for women and children.

Boho-Chic – a fusion of Bohemian and Hippie styles – is a strong trend this season, representing neutral and colourful shades, floral prints and relaxed look of the Bohemian 70s. This natural, romantic style serves Gisele Bündchen’s new collection well, which has a casual and urban feel.

First, there’s Gisele Bündchen Bella where flowers are a constant in summer accessories, giving it a delicate look.

The flower appliqué is the big standout in low-slung sandals, not to mention the beaded straps that give a hand-crafted look with touches of romanticism.

One can also opt for the Gisele Bündchen Illuminata, which looks to the striking gladiator style sandals.

It also includes other details that make it modern and sophisticated: a fabric bow appliqué, animal print insoles and golden details on the straps. These sandals are comfortable and also durable. Best part? Its PVC-crafted material is 100% recyclable, so you’re sure to be walking with ease knowing you’ve done a little bit for Mother Nature.

For every pair of Ipanema Gisele Bündchen sandal sold, RM3 will be donated to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sabah that was founded in 2008.

The BSBCC creates the capacity to rehabilitate and release suitable orphaned and ex-captive bears into the wildlife. They provide an improved long-term living environment and animal welfare for captive bears that cannot be released; conducts research on wild and captive sun bears; and educates the public and raise awareness on the species currently listed as vulnerable (

The Bella women retails at RM96.90 (RM99.90 in Sabah and Sarawak) while the kids’ range are priced at RM76.90 (RM79.90 in Sabah and Sarawak).

The Iluminata women range is priced at RM109.90 (RM112.90 in Sabah and Sarawak), kids’ collection at RM89.90 (RM92.90 in Sabah and Sarawak).

Available at all Samba, Stadium, Studio R and Royal Sporting Houses stores nationwide. – S.S.Yoga

Sun Bear Fundraising Events!

Hi everyone! There are two fundraiser currently going on at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre Fundraiser 2011.

  1. Sun Bear Kissing Booth

"KISSED BY A SUN BEAR" bracelets!

Hurry! quantity is limited! You can donate at either of the links below. or donate through Paypal to BSBCC using this email address: [email protected]

ALL money goes directly to the BSBCC.

Once you have donated, post a comment on the Fundraiser page and you will be contacted for your address so your bracelet or bracelets can be mailed to you.
2.      Online Fundraiser Party Weekend!

  • This fundraiser will feature games, prizes and our special guest speaker Wong, Siew Te, who will take time out of his busy schedule and answer your questions. Time for Wong’s online Facebook chat will be announced closer to the date. For each $10 you donate you will be entered in a contest for prizes shown in the Facebook page photo albums.
  • On June 2, 2012
  • Starting at 8:00 a.m. Central Standard Time the fundraiser for the BSBCC will begin.
  • Come back to the Fundraiser page at:

Links for prize albums:

General prizes

Special large prizes:

To understand the differences in prizes and how to win them see below:



 1. Donations must be made at this link: OR AT: PAY PAL MAKE A GIFT TO: [email protected]

2. For every $10 donation, your name will be placed into the drawing FOR GENERAL PRIZES once. So if you give $100 you would be entered 10 times. FACEBOOK DOES NOT ALLOW RAFFLE’S SO THIS IS A NO-RAFFLE RAFFLE.

3.  Once a prize is won, the person who donated the prize will be notified as to the name of the winner and an email address. The person donating the prize will then mail the prize to the winner;

4. Winners will be drawing using a random number generator and person drawing a prize is not eligible for that prize.

5. All proceeds will go to the BSBCC. Prizes have been donated as has the mailing of the prizes.



1. Some larger or most valuable prizes will be awarded at the end of the BSBCC fundraiser, but they will be available for viewing in advance and through the fundraiser. 

2.  These items will be available for viewing in the photo album under the title of LARGER/MOST VALUABLE PRIZES.

3. Once you make a donation and wish to have your donations considered in the drawing for a larger/most valuable prize, you MUST go to the photo album and post in the comments section of that prize that you donated X amount for X amount of tickets. (EX. Suzie Jones donated $100 for 10 tickets for this item.)

4 Large/most valuable  prize winners will be drawn by the person donating the item or by the Director and CEO of BSBCC, Wong, Siew Te.


Check out some of these prizes to be won!


Printed photo of Cerah enjoying her basket in high resolution and high quality paper!

Printed picture of Cerah's beautiful face in high resolution and high quality paper!

Bear Christmas Ornament!


Let’s help save the sun bears! Make a date with us on June 2, 2012!