10/31/12

Let the pictures tell the stories… the sun bears at BSBCC – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Let the pictures tell the stories… the sun bears at BSBCC – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Text and photos by Siew Te Wong

Sun bears live in dense tropical forests across Southeast Asia. In Peninsula Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo, the habitat of sun bears is the ever green tropical rainforests. These rainforest are green and lush all year long with multi-layers of canopies that can reach 65 m above the ground. Trees and all sort of plants grow at every corner in the forest. These dense vegetations provide important covers for the wildlife that live in these forests. As a result, wildlife in the tropical rainforest is illusive, rarely seen, and not well known. One of the wildlife found in these forests is the sun bear!

Let me show you how sun bears live in the lowland tropical rainforest of Borneo.

Thanks to Sabah Wildlife Department, Sabah Forestry Depart, LEAP, many funders, supporters, partners, volunteers, BSBCC has started from a big dream to reality.

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Thank you, thank you and thank you!

Photo 1: This is the first photo I wanted to show: a photo of the lowland rainforest of Borneo. The forest has multi-layers canopies, very dense in vegetation. Life is thriving on every corner in this forest. This is the forest enclosure of BSBCC where the sun bears roam freely each day.

Photo 2: Pay attention to the two red circles. They are here for good reason :)
Photo 3: When I used my zoom lens and zoomed in for a little bit. Do you see what I see? No?
Photo 4: OK, check out the red the red circles again, see it now?
Photo 5: This is what I cropped out from the bottom red circle. Yes, a sun bear!
Photo 6: This is what I cropped out from the top red circle. Another sun bear! This bear is sleeping.

Photo 7: I then used my 300mm zoom lens to take another photo. This is what I took :)
Photo 8: Cropped out from photo 7, nice eh?
Photo 9: A minute later, the bear seemed to see me from a great distant and waked up from her nap.
Photo 10: Cropped out from Photo 9. Really nice!
Photo 11: Zoom in to the bear on the lower circle. She also seems to know that I was photographing her.
Photo 12: Cropped out from Photo 11. She was peeking at me!
Photo 13: Is time for the bear at the lower red circle to take her nap.
Photo 14: Cropped from photo 13. This is how sun bear sleep or nap on tree. Sun bear is a tree loving bear. They love to climb and spend a lot of their time on tree – sleeping, resting, feeding or even playing!
Amazing? Yes, totally!

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