Responsible tourism: Sun Bear Conservation in Borneo
This volunteering conservation programme involves conservation and rehabilitation of the Borneo Sunbear also known as Helarctos malayanus which is a vulnerable species and only present in the tropical rainforest of Southeast Asia. Thus it is a highly unique species to Southeast Asia.
The volunteering programme is held at a sunbear conservation centre where captive rescued sunbears are rehabilitated to be return to the wild. As for sun bears who are not able to return to the wild, the centre will provide a comfortable place for these sunbears to spend their life at and they will be fully taken cared of. Volunteers will be involved in many task to rehabilitate these sun bears as well as assist in the general maintenence of the centre and increasing the environmental awareness of the community and tourist.
As the centre is located near the forest, the centre aims to reduce their waste by reducing animal food waste and other waste. Other steps taken are by recycling the waste or turn the organic waste into compost.
This volunteering programme uses local facilities such as locally owned transportation, local accommodation and locally own food stalls to support the centre's facilities and services. Through this , we hope that the local community will be able to benefit economically from the visiting voluntourist.
The centre also provide an opportunity for the local community as well as tourist to volunteer at the centre and learn about animal conservation and sun bears. Through this, the centre hope to increase the awareness on environmental and animal conservation issues which are quite a significant issue in Borneo. The centre aims to educate the community through volunteering and hope that one day the wildlife in Borneo will be preserved and conserved.
Through the volunteering programme, we also encourage volunteers to explore other parts of Borneo during their off days as Borneo Sabah has many culturally rich destinations which volunteers and enjoy and learn alot from their visit.