The team

Joan, Sumira, Stephanie, Fareea, Mazrul, Mark

Rizam, Kasmin, Rafis, Syahrizan, Awang, Mark and Mus

Nature is second nature to us! We’re a team sharing a common vision to redefine the way we protect our planet.

The APE Malaysia team isn’t made up of extreme conservationists and environmental lobbyists. We are every bit like you – we value work, friends, family, food, hanging out and the internet. We’re are just passionate about developing a generation that works environmental conservation, animal welfare and people development into our daily, contemporary lives in as sustainable a method as possible.

Armed with various backgrounds ranging from zoology to education, we work with the single-minded determination to create holistic volunteer and education programmes at every project site we work on. Our programmes are implemented in ways that are creative, meaningful and down-to-earth.

Our project sites

The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sabah, Borneo 

The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, better known as BSBCC, is based approximately 19km from Sandakan town. It’s located next to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and is also linked to existing forest trails and boardwalks.

Currently, the centre has 28 dedicated staff and has had over 900 local and foreign volunteers. Their goal is to promote sun bear conservation in Sabah through holistic approaches that involve animal welfare, rehabilitation, education and research.

The centre currently has 2 bear houses that are housing 43 bears as well as 1.14 hectares of natural forest enclosure where the bears can roam free during the day (and night). There’s also an observation platform for visitors to spend time learning about the bears through personal observation and sharing of information by BSBCC’s staff.

See our volunteering programmes at BSBCC .

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Lower Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo

The Kinabatangan River (Sungai Kinabatangan) is located in Sabah, eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It’s the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometres from its headwaters in the mountains of southwest Sabah, to its outlet at the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan.

Kinabatangan is known for its remarkable wildlife and fascinating habitats such as limestone caves, dipterocarp forests, riverine forest, freshwater swamp forest, oxbow lakes and salty mangrove swamps near the coast.

The ecology of the upper reaches of the river has been severely disrupted by excessive logging and clearing for plantations. Nevertheless, the original lowland forests and mangrove swamps near the coast have largely survived and provide sanctuary for a relatively decent population of crocodiles, and contain some of Borneo and Southeast Asia’s highest concentrations of wildlife. In particular, this are is home to these animals of special note: Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys and orang-utans, pygmy elephants and the Sumatran rhinoceros. The area is also known for its great variety of bird life, including the storm’s stork and 8 varieties of hornbill.

See our volunteering or education programmes at Lower Kinabatangan .

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Meet our partners and supporters

At each project site, APE Malaysia has developed positive relationships with local organisations, which include government agencies, NGOs, the community and charity organisations.  Each programme has unique features supported by respective partners through the knowledge and expertise of the local community and the employees of partner organisations.

We’ve developed working relationships that allow APE to introduce positive changes while maintaining the integrity of the local community, upholding local government policies and adhering to global standards in animal and environment protection.

Sabah Wildlife Department

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Balai Kito Homestay Sukau

Sukau Greenview Bed & Breakfast

AirAsia Foundation

Kansas City Zoo

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Henry Vilas Zoo

Audubon Zoo

Sedgwick County Zoo

Asian Tigers

Langur Project Penang

Orangutan Species Survival Plan


Apsara Ethical Gifts

WWF Malaysia

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

Bringing Back Our Rare Animals (BORA)


Tre Lab

Team Rakyat

APE Malaysia has previously worked/ partnered with Melaka Zoo & Night Safari, Zoo Negara, Lao Zoo, Zoo Taiping, ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) and Wildlife Welfare.

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