How does it feel to be a caged sun bear? – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

How does it feel to be a caged sun bear? – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Text and Photos by Siew Te Wong

Few weeks ago a group of 40 students and teachers from Karamunting Primary School (Sekolah Kebangsaan Karamunting), Sandakan, visited Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Wearing the typical white and dark blue school uniforms, the students have a great time visiting the two conservation centres and learned about sun bears and orangutans.
Our project manager Wai Pak gave them an induction about ecology and conservation of the sun bear at the pavilion.

The group then break up into two subgroups so that they were more easy to manage (:)).With a high curiosity and anticipation, the students marched to the bear house to meet the sun bears.

Wai Pak told them the organization and the background information of BSBCC.

 I briefed the students on the ecology of sun bears and what them such a special and important animal in the forest ecosystem.

“Sun bear is not a pet! You cannot keep sun bear as pet!” Wai Pak told the students and shared the stories of our rescued sun bears. “Many sun bears that were kept as pets end up being locked up in small cages!”


One of the activities that we did that day was to “lock” few volunteer students in a tiny sun bear cage , pretending that they were pet sun bears. That particular cage was used by a private owner to keep his pet sun bear for years. We asked them, “How did it feel to be lock up in this tiny cage for 5 min?” “Imagine some sun bears were being caged in this tiny space for more than 10 years!” They all went silent..

This field trip for sure was very educational and informative to the students from Karamunting Primary School. They not only see some real sun bears for the first time in their life but also learn a lot about their plights and the conservation issues. We hope we could raise sufficient fund soon so that we could build the visitor centre and bring these students to experience a better learning environment.

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  1. Brenton
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink | Edit
    Thank you for your work. Education and making young people aware of animals and conservation is absolutley crucial to the future of our planet.
  2. Posted December 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink | Edit
    Education is the key of conservation. This is what I believe now and will keep persuing that!

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