Borneo Wildlife Warriors: the Sun Bear
Follow wildlife photojournalist, Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski, in his first assignment out of boot camp, as he visits the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) the only sanctuary in the world dedicated exclusively to Sun Bears, founded in 2008.
These Bornean bears are called ‘ sun bears’ because of the golden bracelet of bright fur around their neck. They are the smallest members of the bear family and are great tree climbers in the wild, helped by their remarkably long claws. These adorable and charismatic bears are cared for and rehabilitated in the BSBCC after they were rescued from the illegal pet trade or orphaned by poachers. In the fascinating first episode of the series, Bertie follows senior vet Dr Pakee at the Centre, and meets 8 year old Sigalung, one of the resident bears, for his annual medical check.
Witness this routine procedure unfold as Sigalung is safely sedated and Bertie helps to collect samples to ensure the bear gets the professional medical analysis he needs. Sadly, Dr Pakee reveals that Sigalung, like most rescued Sun Bears, will never be able to be released in the wild, because he no longer has the necessary skills to survive in the forest due to his years spent in captivity. However, Bertie praises the Centre’s work in giving the bears the chance to spend their days foraging and playing in a semi-wild location.
Watch the video now to learn more about these endangered species and the work of the fantastic Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
Did you know?
Sun Bears have extremely long tongues, exceeding 20cm in length, which they use to expertly extract honey from beehives.
Report Written By Sonam Nundoochan – Our Work Experience Graduate. Sunam has just graduated from London University with a degree in English.
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