Podcast #55 · Wong Siew Te · Saving Sun Bears
“I’m very proud to say that we have completely eliminated Sun Bears being kept as pets in Saba and Malaysia“Wong Siew Te
Dr. (Hon) Wong Siew Te, founded the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in 2008. One of the few Malaysian wildlife biologists who was trained in Taiwan and U.S.A., Wong has been studying and working on the ecological conservation of the sun bear since 1998. His pioneering studies of sun bears in the Bornean rainforest have taken him into the most threatened wildlife habitats on Earth, where field work is exceedingly difficult.
Seeing sun bears in dreadful captive conditions inspired Wong to set up the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in 2008.
“In 2004, I did a nation-wide survey of the captive sun bears across Malaysia and the results were very worrying…nobody wanted to do anything about it so I said to myself, since I know more about sun bears than anybody else, I have to do something about it!”Wong Siew Te