STB kicks off ‘Enchanting Sabah Live’ virtual sessions with sun bear conservation centre


Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) founder Dr Wong conducting the first live session for Sabah Tourism Board's 'Enchanting Sabah Live' series on Tuesday.

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Tourism Board (STB) has kicked off its "Enchanting Sabah Live" series with the first live virtual session featuring Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) on site on Tuesday (July 13).

The series, aimed at promoting various tourism attractions across Sabah and conducted by local industry experts, are scheduled every Tuesdays through webinar sessions via their social media platforms (in Instagram and Facebook page).

BSBCC founder Dr Wong Siew Te took the online viewers for a one-hour virtual tour, talking about the background of the species while showcasing the feeding of the bears.

He also answered questions about the centre - located at Sepilok in Sandakan - and the care of sun bears which were posed in the comments section.

When contacted, Wong explained that the centre has actually been offering virtual tours since May last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult to receive visitors, especially international tourists.

Some of the sun bears being fed during the live session on site of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sandakan, to kickstart Sabah Tourism Board's 'Enchanting Sabah Live' series on Tuesday.Some of the sun bears being fed during the live session on site of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sandakan, to kickstart Sabah Tourism Board's 'Enchanting Sabah Live' series on Tuesday.

“The centre was closed when we went into movement control order in mid-March last year, but reopened sometime in June 2020, only to have it closed again after two months or so.

“So offering the RM40 virtual tour is not only to help generate income for the struggling centre, but also to educate the audience about sun bear conservation, as we are racing against time to save wildlife species,” he said.

He admitted that the virtual tour was harder to promote and was not as impactful as expected, and the time slots (10am and 2pm daily) can be challenging to some western countries like the United Kingdom (UK) due to the different time zones.

“On average, we handle 10 virtual tours a month but ideally, we would like to reach the maximum of 60 virtual tours monthly, as my team can also do these tours, besides myself,” he told The Star.

At present, the centre is housing 44 sun bears; 43 which were rescued and a female cub who was born in captivity on May 20.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Nation

Takiyuddin: Questions on Emergency Ordinances to be answered next Monday
Public-private partnership e-Land system to be expanded to other states, says PM
Cops: ‘Nasi ganja’ chopper had permit for maintenance work, not food pickup
Duo escapes death after MPV plunges into ravine in Sabah
Fire and Rescue Department help woman seen dangling dog from 14th-floor window
Covid-19: Over 520,000 vaccine doses administered on Monday (July 26)
Flashback #Star50: She's here!
NGO head to parents: Monitor your kids online to prevent grooming
Covid-19: FT Ministry preparing four new low-risk quarantine centres
PM: Let’s stand in solidarity

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers