Conservation and life in Borneo


Ginger, the underground stem, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale — has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times. However, the bears at the BSBCC prefer the part which grows above ground.

I spent time today combing the edge of the forest looking for ginger plants to cut in order to give some food enrichment to the bears. Enough was cut so as to give some to each bear. The best method I’ve found is to throw the stems on top of the cages in the bear house, to give them something to do while they are inside.

There is one young male bear in the quarantine block called Fulong, who has recently had an operation on a stomach wound. I made sure to give him plenty in order to keep him occupied and hopefully deter him from scratching at his stitches.


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