Sun Bear conservationist to give public lecture

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Published on 27 February 2014

A visiting researcher who has helped bring the plight of Asia’s Sun Bears to world attention will deliver a public lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday 4 March.

Staff, students and the public are invited to the lecture from 11am to noon by Siew Te Wong, the founder of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

His talk in Lecture Theatre 3 on the past, present and future of the Malayan Sun Bears is the result of an expanding partnership between the centre and the University.

USC Public Relations and Tourism academic Sarah Pye, who recently returned from Borneo, said Siew Te Wong had pioneered research on the world’s smallest bear species for 13 years.

“Wong is passionate about the importance of the Sun Bears to the entire ecosystem and having him in Australia is akin to welcoming (legendary chimpanzee researcher) Jane Goodall,” she said.

USC Public Relations students recently created a Sun Bear adoption program and launched it in Australia and Malaysia.

USC Design students are currently creating interpretive signage for the Bornean group’s visitor information centre.

The projects are funded by USC’S GO (Global Opportunities) Program and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Julie Schomberg

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