The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) is the only sun bear conservation centre in the world. It was founded in Sabah, Malaysia in 2008 with two aims: to provide care and rehabilitation to rescued sun bears; and to increase awareness of sun bears internationally. These aims work to ensure the absolute right of every bear to live in the forest.
APE terms this “connecting everyday people to endangered animals “. The volunteers/participants have the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the social and environmental issues of that project, and form an appreciation of the realities of conservation and human development.
The programme is based out of Historical Malacca at the Melaka Zoo & Night Safari, an hour and a half away from Kuala Lumpur. Here, you will be working with a variety of animals on husbandry and enrichment activities
APE projects are run on the basis that we can never do enough for the future of endangered animals. Therefore as long as the animals remain on the IUCN Red List, the APE team will soldier on!
This programme provides the opportunity to learn about Malaysian wildlife and the work that is being done to save them, both in the wild and in captivity. You may be asked to handle educational activities for visitors under the guidance of the programme coordinator.
One of the foremost ways we can preserve the local environment is with re-forestation. Part of your time on this trip will therefore be spent planting new trees and tending to the pygmy elephant and orangutan habitat. This is vital to ensure the survival of these wonderful animals.
The programme is located within the Lower Kinabatangan Wildife Sanctuary, home to singing gibbons, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears, hornbills and the pygmy elephant as well as a host of other rarely seen wildlife. Here, you will carry out habitat restoration work by planting trees and maintain planting sites which are vital for orangutans and pygmy elephants.
Live the mystery of the Bornean rainforest when you praticipate in this programme located along the Lower Kinabatangan River. This wildlife sanctuary is home to singing gibbons, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears, hornbills and the pygmy elephant as well as a host of other rarely seen wildlife.
In addition to enriching the sun bears living condition, you will learn about sun bears in the stages of rehabilitation and the process of releasing them back into the wild. Working alongside local people will enable you to experience and understand our Malaysian culture. You will also have time off to explore the beautiful surroundings of Sepilok and nearby towns and wildlife sanctuaries.
The programme is at the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) where you will need to get down and dirty taking care of the smallest bears in the world, working to clean their dens and creating environmental and food enrichment.
Starting at the hub of Kuala Lumpur, you will head 2 hours out of the city to work at Malacca Zoo before heading to Sabah, Borneo Malaysia. At the Zoo, you will be working with a variety of animals such as orangutans, sun bears, tigers and more, focusing on their husbandry and enrichment needs.
The programme will start at the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) where you will work with Malaysian bear keepers to improve conditions of the sun bears living at the centre. After spending time understanding sun bears at BSBCC, you will head to the Lower Kinabatangan River to help replant habitat for orangutans, pygmy elephants and other animals. You will stay with the gentle and friendly Orang Sungai or