PROJECT SITES & PARTNERS
The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sabah, Borneo Malaysia
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.
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 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.
See our volunteering programmes at BSBCC .
Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Turtle Island, explore Sandakan, climb Mount Kinabalu – the highest peak of Southeast Asia or make a trip to Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, for a tourist experience. Or visit numerous other natural and cultural wonders in Sabah.
Lower Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo Malaysia
The Kinabatangan River (Sungai Kinabatangan) is located in Sabah, eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It is 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.
Each year, the lashing rains of the northeast monsoon cause the river to swell rapidly. Unable to disgorge into the sea quickly enough, the river frequently overflows its banks and spreads across the flat land of its lower reaches, creating a huge floodplain.
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 of land for plantations. However, 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. Of special note are Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys and orang-utans, pygmy elephants and Sumatran rhinoceros. The area is also known for its great variety of bird life, including the storm’s stork and 8 varieties of hornbill.
The entry point to the Lower Kinabatangan is the quaint town of Sandakan, approximately 30 minutes by flight and 6 hours overland from Kota Kinabalu, state capital of Sabah.
Visit Turtle Island, explore Sandakan, climb Mount Kinabalu – the highest peak of Southeast Asia or make a trip to Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, for a tourist experience. Or visit numerous other natural and cultural wonders in Sabah.
At each project site, APE Malaysia has developed positive relationships with local organisations, among them: 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.
- MESCOT – Lower Kinabatangan
- Rainforest Discovery Centre & Forestry Research Centre – Lower Kinabatangan
- WWF – Lower Kinabatangan
- Sabah Wildlife Department – Lower Kinabatangan
- Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
- Village Community of Kampung Sukau – Lower Kinabatangan
We have 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.