Sun Bear Encounters SBE28 ~ Ape Malaysia
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. You will work on husbandry and enrichment for the smallest bears in the world as you learn about sun bears in various stages of rehabilitation and the process of releasing them back into the wild. 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 "People of the River" during this part of the programme.
- Improve conditions of sun bears in captivity and rehabilitation through creating environmental and food enrichment;
- Work alongside keepers to raise the quality of current enrichment standards in Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre;
- Learn about sun bears in the stage of rehabilitation and process of releasing them back to the wild;
- Understand and compare situation of captive/rehab sun bears and those with threatened habitats;
- Raise awareness on responsible living and travelling among tourists, local community and students.
- Carry out habitat restoration at the Lower Kinabatangan floodplains where flora and fauna are abundant but threatened by diminishing habitat;
- Conduct wildlife population density data gathering under the auspices of the Sabah Government;
- Observe and appreciate the orang-utans, pygmy elephants and other endangered species, understand their life cycles and the intricate biodiversity roles;
- Work with the local community and students in conservation;
- Raise awareness on responsible living and travelling among tourists, local community and students;
- Understand the threats to habitat and wildlife and to make a personal impact, bringing positive change.
Note: Programmes are subject to change depending on community and/or BSBCC calendar.
The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, better known as BSBCC, is based approximately 19km from Sandakan town. It is located next to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and is also linked to existing forest trails and boardwalks.
The centre currently has 2 bear houses that are housing 28 bears as well as 1.14 hectares of natural forest enclosure where the bears can roam free during the day (and night). There is also an observation platform for visitors to spend time learning about the bears through personal observation and sharing of information by the staff of BSBCC.
This project takes place in a little village within a beautiful wildlife sanctuary along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
You will live within the community of the village, dine with the gentle Orang Sungai or "People of the River" and wake up to the sounds of the rainforest. You will help in the restoration of wildlife habitat and contribute towards the environmental education of the local school children while on this programme.
The entry point to the Lower Kinabatangan is the quaint town of Sandakan, approximately 30 minutes by flight and 6-8 hours overland from Kota Kinabalu, state capital of Sabah. You can also get direct flights into Sandakan from Kuala Lumpur
Sun Bear Encounters
Prices are subject to change according to exchange rate
All prices are inclusive of 6% Goods & Services Tax which will be reflected on the invoices.
All invoicing and payment to be conducted in Malaysian
Placement reservation fee of RM600 per person per
Cancellation fees and late payment charges apply.
Single room option at MYR1,400 per person
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, MA = Meal Allowance
~ The Sandakan Airport is not an international airport. You will have to fly via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA/KLIA2) or Kota Kinabalu
International Airport to reach Sandakan Airport (SDK).
~ Airport code for Sandakan is in airline booking systems. ACCURATE flight details (flight number, airline, departure city, time of departure and arrival) are crucial to ensure pick up at the correct time.
~ Customs and Immigration coupled with the journey and/or traffic from Sandakan airport to the dormitory takes approximately 40 minutes, sometimes more.
~ Volunteers should have the emergency numbers [+60-(0)3-7724 2272 or +60-(0)19-899 4398] handy in case they face delays in the airport such as flight postponed or missed, lost luggage, quarantine etc.
~ Kindly take note of flight changes on the actual day of the volunteer arriving in Malaysia. It is crucial that we are informed of the change in flight time as early as possible to ensure correct pick up arrangement is made. Failure to do so will result in extra charges for the additional transfer that will be arranged for the second pick up time. Extra charges for these transfers will be chargeable to the volunteer.
Please be aware that programme and days are subject to change – this itinerary is meant as a guide only.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, MA = Meal Allowance
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Not all activities will be included on your itinerary. Changes to the activities will occur subject to weather conditions, school calender, community and project requirements. Activities not listed above may also be addedd if deemed suitable / necessary by the programme coordinator.
Accommodation is subject to change without prior notice
PROGRAMME INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
~ Conservation contribution to the project;
~ English-speaking programme facilitator;
~ 27 nights at designated accommodation;
~ All activities, materials, tools & equipment included in “Project Days”;
~ Meet & greet at Sandakan Airport (SDK), Malaysia;
~ Arrival transfer from Sandakan Airport to project accommodation;
~ Welcome dinner on arrival day in Sepilok;
~ Induction & orientation at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre;
~ Programme introduction & orientation in the village;
~ Boat & river transfers on "Project Days";
~ Departure transfer to Sandakan Airport in Sabah, Malaysia;
~ Accommondation is shared throughout programme;
~ Meal allowance & selected meals for all Project Days as indicated on itinerary / self-catering with basic cooking facilities provided.
Not included :
~ Cancellation fees and late payment charges apply.
~ International and internal airfare, camera fees, visa application/fees, drinks, private transfers, meals and accommodation when travelling independently or on Off Days, insurance, personal incidentals and any item not stated in the list above.