It all started three months ago when I was invited to be one of the speakers of the Bornean Eco Film Festival (BEFF) in Sandakan. Among the speakers who gave presentations during BEFF was Wong Kok Jen, also known as KJ. KJ is the Technical Support Executive from Nikon Malaysia. He is an energetic young man who can speak about Nikon cameras for hours if not days when he has the chance to do so. Nikon was one of the sponsors of the festival and also a very generous one. There were always all kind of gifts for lucky audience and participants including cameras at different events! Unfortunately the fortune for me, BSBCC or the sun bear was always the unlucky audience. I really wish that we could win a camera from Nikon or ask Nikon to sponsor us with a good camera so that can take high quality photos of sun bear. After all, BSBCC is the only place in the world where you can take photos or video of sun bears in their natural environment and their natural behavior.
We invited KJ and the Nikon representative from Sandakan, Ms Irene to our centre after the film festival. They were impressed by our work to conserve sun bear and see a lot potential where they can help us. After months of communication, KJ visited us again last weekend, not empty handed this time but with two cameras in a big Nikon bag. Through KJ, Nikon Malaysia is very generous to donate two cameras, a Nikon D5000 Digital SLR and Nikon 1 J1 to BSBCC!
Thank you KJ and Nikon Malaysia! I hope the sponsorship continues. Besides donating cameras there are many items that Nikon as a big international corporate can help us. This is another good example of “do what you do best to help sun bears”!
Yesterday I tried the new D5000 when I walked Mary the sun bear in the forest. These are some of the photos taken. It really tells a different!
Thank you Nikon! You rock!
Photos of Mary taken by the new Nikon D5000 camera.