"Fill your house with lots of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks"
Malaysian ecologist Dr Wong Siew Te, or ‘papa bear’, has dedicated his life to saving the world’s smallest bear from extinction. This is his story — and theirs.
Be prepared to laugh and cry as you explore Wong’s life — from a childhood above a crowded tailor shop in Penang, to trapping muntjacs in Taiwan, tagging grizzlies in Montana, and releasing rescued sun bears in the dense tropical rainforests Borneo.
Award-Winning Finalist in the Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction category of the 2021 International Book Awards
"Sooo glad someone else discovered the story of Dr Wong and the sun bears. Now his story and their stories can be told. I've followed Dr Wong for awhile and be in awe with the cute sun bears. Local zoos have given up their sun bears. If only i was closer to help Dr Wong- that would be a life dream!"
Wong is an incredibly committed and charismatic man, and I highly recommend this inspirational story about his life and important work.
Congrats on the most inspiring book I’ve read in a long time!
Be prepared to laugh and cry... and be prepared to fall for Wong as everyone who crosses his path does.
When Wildlife Wong meets Damai (which sounds like ‘dam eye’), she is a tiny sun bear cub with an uncertain future. Her mother has been killed by poachers. She is scared and alone. Wildlife Wong becomes her new mum. He teaches her to climb trees and dig for food. Before long, she joins a gang of new sun bear friends at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Life is much better…but… Will Damai ever be a free sun bear again?
After the story, learn interesting facts about sun bears and their rainforest home and conduct environmental activities and experiments to become a scientist just like Wildlife Wong!
Award-Winning Finalist in the Children's Non-Fiction category of the 2021 International Book Awards.
"What I enjoyed most about the book was Damai’s story. It had an emotional feel to it. There was happiness, sadness and in my head, I could imagine what it would be like to be a sun bear. The experiments were also interesting, like making electricity from potatoes and copper wire. I was able to try things that I had not done before. This story, set in the jungles of Borneo, is full of fun facts and information, emotional stories wild bears and interesting people. Enjoy the adventure into the wild!
When Wildlife Wong is far away from home, in a country called Taiwan, he looks after a sad rescued orangutan called Polly. She has been stolen from her mother and kept as a pet. He vows to help save wildlife and, when he moves to Polly’s true home of Borneo, he comes face-to-face with her wild relatives. Some are angry, some are naughty, and some are nice. So, what will Wong do when a playful orangutan locks him in his office?
After the story, learn interesting facts about orangutans and their rainforest home and conduct environmental activities and experiments to become a scientist just like Wildlife Wong!
""This book is great for readers who are interested in wildlife and conservation. It tells the story of Wong and his love for unusual animals. I especially how he has worked to save orangutans from captivity. I also learnt lots of nature facts. 5 out of 5!!!”
Pygmy means ‘small’, but pygmy elephants are the largest mammals in Borneo, and they can be very dangerous. When Wildlife Wong is tracking bears in the rainforest, he tries his best to avoid them. He isn’t always successful. In this story, curious elephants take their own photos with his camera traps, an angry male chases him down the road, and a family of elephants sit on his car in the middle of the night!
After the story, learn interesting facts about pygmy elephants and their rainforest home and conduct environmental activities and experiments to become a scientist just like Wildlife Wong!
I especially enjoyed reading this book, as the elephant is my favourite animal. The facts are extremely interesting and I have learnt so many new facts about them. I really am glad that there are people like Wildlife Wong looking out for the elephants and helping to protect them. The experiments look fun and I can't wait to try them out!”