Southeast Asia is home to the world's smallest bear species, the Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) and is seriously threatened, if not extinct, in many areas of mainland Asia. The species continue to face significant threats such as forest degradation and destruction, and hunted illegally for bear parts for foods and medicines. The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) was established to promote Malayan sun bear conservation in Sabah by creating the capacity to rehabilitate and release suitable orphaned and ex-captive bears back into the wild, providing an improved long-term living environment for captive bears. The proposed project for the centre is to complete a visitor centre and educational pathway to an observation deck for public of viewing of selected groups of bears in their outdoor environment. When Completed, this will provide public education and opportunities for further research on this species in Borneo. Education activities will be run by Education Officers, who will lead visitor groups, and develop environmental education programs for local school groups and correlated these with visits to the Centre.
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre Sdn. Bhd.
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 5
Grant Amount: US$ 48,860.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 358,332.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number: MAL/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/BD/13/06
Start Date: 12/2013
End Date: 9/2016
Status: Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
BSBCC continues to seek other sources of funding and have already secured a 1 year grant amounting to USD26,000 from the US Embassy in Malaysia. The centre is also raising some funds through public/visitor donations and the selling of merchandise to support the maintenance of the centre and the upkeep of its staff.
Replication of project activities
Sun Bear Education Programme is expending to other districts and also Peninsular Malaysia.
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