|DR.Wong Siew Te the CEO and founder of BSBCC.|
world’s smallest bear species. While Borneo is a remaining stronghold for this species, it is seriously threatened and if not already extinct, in many areas of mainland Asia, including India, Bangladesh, China, Burma and Vietnam.
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre currently has 35 bears in residence. Conservationists are nursing them back to health and where necessary, educating the bears in how to be a wild bear again with the intention to release them into the forest once again. As so few people know about the sun bears, including Malaysian and Indonesians, the Centre is also involved in education and raising the animal's profile.
Some of the key achievements of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre are:
2009 April: Construction of the 1st Bear house and 1st forest enclosure started;
2010 April: Completion of the 1st New Bear House and the 1st Forest enclosure; 12 rescued sun bears moved into the new bear house;
2011 August: construction of the Observation platform, access boardwalk begun.
2012 August: completion of the Construction of the Observation platform, and access boardwalk.
2013 April: Construction of the 2nd Bear House and renovation of the visitor center started.
2013 December: Construction of the 2nd Bear house and visitor center completed.
2014 January: Soft opening of BSBCC
2014 October: Grand Opening of BSBCC
Today visitors are welcome to visit the BSBCC and it is open open daily from 9.00am to 3.30pm.
Entry fees are fixed at RM2 my -card holders between the ages of 12 – 17, and RM 5.00 for those above 17.
The entry fees for non- my card holders are RM15 and RM30 between the ages of 12-17 and above the age of 17 respectively.
Text by David de la Harpe Photos courtesy of BSCC