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Thanks To Wong Te to give me the opportunity to write this article about his wonderful action for Sun Bears.

 

THE BORNEAN SUN BEAR CONSERVATION CENTER
and the Siew Te Wong 's action



Siew Te Wong biography
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Siew Te Wong is a Malaysian Chinese, born in 1969 and raised in Penang at northern Peninsular Malaysia.

He loves animals all his life. Since he was a first grader, “animal expert” was his ambition on the student record until the very last year in high school. Not surprisingly, his childhood was companioned by various kinds of pets.

He became a successful pet breeder during his teenage. Studying abroad in Taiwan in 1989 was a turning point in his life. Although he was studying animal husbandry and veterinary, he had begun to appreciate wildlife even more when he was an active member in the student chapter of the Bird Watching Society.

Through his binoculars, he learnt to appreciate the beauty of wildlife, nature, and forest. Ironically, he also witnessed unlawful mist netting of wild birds, poaching of wildlife, illegal pet trades, and habitat degradation.

In 1994, he 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 him on a right track of his career, was to pursue a bachelor degree in Wildlife Biology.

The same year, he met his then future academic advisor, Dr. Christopher Servheen, who was looking for a Malaysian student to conduct an ecological study on sun bears. In 1998, he 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,he started his doctorate program at the same university. In view of there were so much unknown about sun bears, he decided the effects of logging on sun bears at the same study area where he did his MSc study in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo.

Because of the conservation achievement from the project, he was appointed to co-chair the Sun Bear Expert Team for the IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, from 2002-2005.

Since he started his plan to study sun bear, his interest on them grows daily. Beside wild bears, which were the focus of his studies, he also would like to learn more about captive bears.

He often visited places where he 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, he 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 his mind.
 
The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center

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Borneo is home to the world’s smallest bear species, the little-known Malayan Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus).
But its home is fast diminishing, with forest degradation and loss pushing this bear to the brink.

These bears also continue to be threatened by illegal hunting and poaching for food and medicines, to prevent damage to crops and villages, and to capture small cubs for the pet trade. As a result, in Sabah alone, there are over 30 young orphaned bears living in captivity in small cages and with no access to the outdoors or the forest.

But there is now hope for this special bear in Sabah. An innovative project, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), will provide a holistic solution, combining improved facilities for rescuing and housing captive bears, programmes to increase public awareness both locally and internationally, and rehabilitation of young bears for release back into the wild.



 
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FEBRUARY  2012 : LATEST NEWS

 
Debbie's  first health check

Debbie the female sun bear cub was rescued by Sabah Wildlife Department on January 6th and sent to us on the following day. Today (Feb 16,) we did the first health check for Debbie since she was sent here about a month ago. The check up is a routine check up for all new bears house in BSBCC to inspect abnormality, potential diseases, and body condition. Debbie was sedated by the Veterinarian from Sabah Wildlife Department and Orangutan Appeal UK Dr. Nigel Hicks and senior ranger Mr. Elis Tambing

 
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Checking Debbie's TPR- body temperature, pulse rate, and respiration is important to monitor Debbie's body condition during the anesthesia. © BSBCC

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he entire health check is done within 30 minutes. It is time to take Debbie back to her den for recovering.
© BSBCC

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The recovery process was quick. At 35 minutes after the sedation, she already
start recovering from the drug and raised her head up.
She is fully recovered after 2 hours and regained her appetite in the afternoon.

© BSBCC
 

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Last update : 21/02/2012 : 19:18
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