School Kids Learning About Sun Bear’s diet
Date: March 21st 2014
Text by Gloria Ganang & photo by Ng Bee Ying
A group of students from the local primary schools in Sandakan arrived at BSBCC this morning. They all comprised of 19 students with 4 teachers accompanying them. The “Food Hunt” activity was carried out so kids could learn about what sun bears eat in the rainforest. Laminated pictures food that sun bears eat and don’t eat were hidden everywhere at the Centre. Therefore kids need to find the correct ones and those who gets the most wins a prize.
Sun bears eat durian, pill millepede, ants,beetle grub & honey. They do not eat bamboo, chocolate and eagles.
Picture of ants hidden under birdnest fern leaf.
Kids searching out for pictures of sun bear food.
The kids then gathered around at the visitor centre area to find out which team wins the game. Prizes were distributed to winners and then kids were taught about the adaptation that sun bears have to find food in the forest.
Their long tongue were adapted to get wild honey from bee hives within tree barks
Their claws are used as tools to scrape out termites from termites mound.
The activity ended with the kids viewing the sun bears in the forest enclosure from the observation platform.
One of the students observing the a sun bear on a tree through a spotting scope.