Conservation and life in Borneo

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Big Dreams Little Bears now out

This is a video about the early days of a sun bear centre in Sabah, Borneo, the BSBCC. You can click on it to rent or buy and support the BSBCC.

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Big Dreams Little Bears now out

http://muvi.es/w538/266380

http://muvi.es/w538/266380

This is a video about the early days of a sun bear centre in Sabah, Borneo, the BSBCC. You can click on it to rent or buy and support the BSBCC.


Video

Big Dreams Little Bears now out

http://muvi.es/w538/266380

This is a video about the early days of a sun bear centre in Sabah, Borneo, the BSBCC. You can click on it to rent or buy and support the BSBCC.


Upcoming SBT Activities

Paul will be a few months off work to volunteer in Borneo for the SBT again this summer. The details are all to be confirmed, but the provisional itinerary looks something like this:

End of April/Start of May – Recce of Pulau Banggi, Sabah, to investigate potential of area as a site for future study.

4th of May- Sponsored 42km run at the Borneo International Marathon. Have spent last 2 months cooped up indoors in a Russian winter, so this is going to hurt!

As soon as able to walk again – Visit to BSBCC

Remainder of May & June – Assisting Oxford WildCRU at Tawau Hills National Park, Sabah with carnivore research. This work is intended to help formulate ideas and plan for future research into sun bear ecology in both fragmented and remote forest.

October – November? (t.b.a.) – Camera trap survey with HeartofBorneo.org to gather data to hopefully form foundation of a medium-term study into the ecology of sun bears in remote forest.

 

This is ALL subject to change. All digits remain crossed.


Ponsiko for 2012

I’ve had the privilage to meet and work with some outstanding people in Borneo this year -both Sabahan and people from overseas alike- I would would like to say a big “ponsiko” to you all for making this year so “monsoi”. Here’s to 2013!


A Proud Moment

It was a proud moment for me today to see the BSBCC’s first Keeper, David, give an induction to some new volunteers. He had always had more of a challenge with using English and I have tried my best to help him when I can. He is now so much more confident when using English, it’s quite impressive to see. Well done, David. Keep up the good work.

David informing new volunteers about duties and safety protocols in the Bear House.

Oh yeah, and what makes me really proud of David is how good he is at his job. Working more in husbandry this week, I have seen that he has everything down to a tee; if everyone could manage their time as he does, we’d be much better off for it. David is a very competent keeper, a nice chap and a credit to the BSBCC.


Clifford

Meet Clifford, my new “Canadazan” friend. Clifford was actually born in Sabah and is of Kadazan, Dusun and British ancestry, though he grew up in Papua New Guinea, before moving to Canada as a teenager. He’s a very interesting chap and could tattoo your leg as easily as build you a website. Moreover, he is passionate about wildlife.Image

Taking a well-earned rest at a resort in Sepilok.

Clifford has spent about 3 months in Borneo this year, volunteering at the BSBCC as well as assisting with research in Danum Valley. It was fascinating to talk with him and his experiences as our lives have had many parallel events. Clifford has a great deal of enthusiasm for sun bears and conservation in general and seems far better than me at identifying individual bears, even though he’s had less time here than I have.

It’s a shame we didn’t get more time to hang out and chat, but I’m sure our paths will cross in the future. Perhaps he’ll help me on my Kinabatangan forest swan survey?