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Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre


The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) is the only sun bear conservation centre in the world. It was founded in Sabah, Malaysia in 2008 with two aims: to provide care and rehabilitation to rescued sun bears; and to increase awareness of sun bears internationally. These aims work to ensure the absolute right of every bear to live in the forest.


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Tiny Bears in Great Danger

Written by:
Lalita Gomez, Chris R Shepherd, M Sheng Khoo
Malaysia is a known source and consumer of bear bile products in Asia, and sun bears are persistently poached to meet the demand for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Surveys of TCM outlets in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak were conducted in 2018 and 2019 as part of continuing efforts to monitor the availability of bear bile products in the country. Despite being illegal, the trade in bears and their parts persists, although with fewer TCM outlets offering such products in comparison to numbers reported in previous studies. In 2012, 42% of TCM outlets in Sabah and 35.4% in Sarawak were found to contain bear bile products. The threat of illegal trade, combined with loss and degradation of suitable habitat and food resources as well as conflict with humans, puts sun bears at considerable risk.


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Saving the Endangered

Create the capacity to confiscate, rehabilitate and release suitable orphaned and ex-captive bears back into the wild, provide an improved long-term living environment for captive bears that cannot be released, educate the public and raising awareness about this species.

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Dr. Wong Siew Te

Dr. (Hon) Wong Siew Te is a Malaysian wildlife biologist and tropical forest ecologist. He did his Diploma in Veterinary and Animal Science from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan, and all of his B. Sc., M. Sc., and doctorate majoring in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana, Montana, USA. Wong is the CEO and the founder of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, which he founded in 2008. Dr. Wong has been awarded with numerous awards and recognitions of his works on sun bears. Among them were recognized as a wildlife hero featured in the book Wildlife Heroes in 2012, conferred “Member-Order of the Defender of State” (Darjah Johan Negeri, D.J.N) by the governor of Penang State, Malaysia in 2014, awarded an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia in 2016, “My Country Hero” or “Wira Negaraku” by the Government of Malaysia and awarded as a “CNN Hero” in 2017. He also featured in March and April issues of Readers’ Digest as “Everyday Hero” in 2019.

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