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on 8 Oct, 08:39

Bear Story – Mary The Sun Bears Voice – Finding Life In The Forest

Bear Story – Mary The Sun Bears Voice – Finding Life In The Forest

How many of you still remember Mary, the orphan sun bear who was rescued from pet trade with her body was shown stunted growth? Here’s the story about Mary who being rescued to her time in quarantine to forming relationships with other orphan bears to stepping out into forest environment, giving Mary a new journey in life. Please be a voice for our precious sun bear! Please spread the word that sun bears are WILD animals that belong in the forest, and NOT to end up behind bars. We need to clear the pet trade, poaching and deforestation. It is not over yet! Please let them enjoy the taste of freedom in the forest where they belong!

© BSBCC / Chiew Lin May

Photo of Mary before rescue

Photo of Mary before rescue


A villager reported that Mary was found in a palm oil plantation while hunting for bearded pigs. Mary was kept as a house pet and ended up spending her life confined in a tiny cage.

A villager reported that Mary was found in a palm oil plantation while hunting for bearded pigs. Mary was kept as a house pet and ended up spending her life confined in a tiny cage.


Mary slowly recovering from her past and is now living her happy life at BSBCC

Mary slowly recovering from her past and is now living her happy life at BSBCC

Read more about Mary’s story at:


#bsbcc #sunbear #savesunbear #rescue #rescuebear #rehab #rehabilitation #wildlife #wildliferescue

on 27 Jul, 14:01

World Rangers Day 2017

This is a private event. To attend, please contact Justine Vaz.

In conjunction with World Rangers Day 2017, the PA Financing Project is gathering over 60 rangers and officers from protected area agencies in Malaysia to participate in a special WRD 2017 in Penang. This is only the third year in a row in which rangers and other PA frontliners in Malaysia are gathering. The first two events were held in Crocker Range National Park, Sabah and Kubah National Park, Sarawak. WWF Malaysia took the lead in organizing the programmes with funding support from the Project.

This year, the PERHILITAN Worker’s Union (Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Jabatan Perhilitan) is taking the lead in organizing the event and the event is fully supported by the PA Financing Project. The theme they have chosen is “Unsung Heroes of the Forest” – and accordingly the programme that features rangers that have distinguished themselves through exceptional mastery of key specializations as well as those that have experienced and triumphed over adversity in the course of carrying out their duties.

These sharing sessions play a role in cultivating pride in this vocation, boosting morale and fostering bonds of solidarity among rangers working in the frontiers and frontlines of Sabah and Sarawak and the jungles and coasts of Peninsular Malaysia. This is part of the aim of the project to build common standards and the vision of a single National Framework for protected area management in Malaysia and also supporting agencies to build capacity among their staff.

In honouring rangers on World Rangers Day, we are hoping to provide a window for the general public to appreciate the work done by rangers to protect wildlife and our dwindling protected areas. We would like to partner the press in this objective and are inviting feature writers to attend the sharing sessions which will take place on at the Orchid Room, Bayview Hotel Penang on Sunday, 30 July 2017 (from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm). Lunch will be provided.

The session will provide the opportunity to listen to the presentations and to observe some of the discussions among rangers that follow. In addition, there will be opportunities to do face to face interviews with the rangers outside of the scheduled programme. We hope that the programme will provide the opportunity to gain insights into the lives of rangers and a greater appreciation of what is being done to protect Malaysia’s parks, sanctuaries and reserves.


#rangers #wildlife #protection

on 3 Sep, 13:40
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[Mindset Public Talk] Dr Mathieu Guérin – the history of wildlife conservation in Malaysia

In September we are honored to host a talk by Dr Mathieu Guérin, historian from the National Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilizations, INALCO, in France. Dr Guérin is in Malaysia studying the early stages of the wildlife conservation movement in Malaysia (1930s~1970s). In this talk, Dr Guérin will provide an outsider view to the role of the Game Department (Perhilitan) and the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in conservation. More details below.

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks – monthly events that are generally held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Mindset Public Talk, September 2016

Title: Pioneering Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia – a historian’s perspective
Guest Speaker: Dr Mathieu Guérin
Date & time: Wed 21 Sep 2016, 6-7:30 pm
Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)
Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies
RSVP: Tue 13 Sep, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my
Refreshments will be served after the talk
Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before 13 Sep
[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Talk

Southeast Asia is praised for the importance of its biodiversity. While Flora and Fauna of the region are under strong pressure, mostly because of human activities, Malaysia has succeeded in maintaining an important forest cover and sustainable populations of endangered species including large mammals, such as tiger, elephants, or seladang. This achievement has been possible only thanks to a conservation apparatus in the country that was set up during British colonisation and that was developed and improved after Independence.

This talk will present the first findings of a historical research that looks into the early stages of Conservationism in Peninsular Malaysia. It focuses on two major actors of conservation in Malaysia since the 1930s-1940s: the Game Department, now known as Jabatan Perhilitan, and the Malayan Nature Society. It shows how a few British colonists, such as Theodore Hubback, have been very active in preserving Malaysian Forests and Wildlife, and how after Independence, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, the Malaysians have been able to take over the British and developed tools and means of wildlife conservation that are still used today.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mathieu Guérin is Maître de Conférences (Associate-Professor) at the National Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilisation (INALCO) in Paris, where he teaches History of Southeast Asia. He is a member of the Southeast Asia Centre (CASE), a research team under the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the INALCO and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). He currently conducts research on the social history of Cambodian rural societies and on wildlife-human conflicts in Southeast Asia. He authored or co-authored two books and a few dozens of papers mainly on the history of Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. He is presently visiting scholar at the University of Nottingham Malaysian Campus (UNMC).


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