Dr Wong Siew Te, Founder of The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
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.
Watch this video to see why saving Sun Bears is so important.
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.
Dr Sarah Pye wrote Saving Sun Bears after visiting Borneo in 2012 to see orangutans. While there, she met Dr Wong Siew Te, director of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
She asked what she could do to help sun bears and he replied "do what you do best". Those 5 powerful words sparked a seven-year journey, a Doctor of Creative Arts degree, an enduring friendship and ultimately, the Saving Sun Bears book.
Sarah's life is now devoted to sun bears. She's also an advocate for the environment, runs education courses for adults and children, and is currently teaching school children about forest animals through her Wildlife Wong series of books.