Saving Sun Bears

Synopsis:
In Asia, adult sun bears are poached for body parts which are thought to have medicinal properties. Many orphaned cubs, with their small size and endearing features, are kept illegally as pets. Malaysian ecologist Dr Wong Siew Te, or ‘papa bear’, has dedicated his life to saving the world’s smallest bear from extinction. In this heartwarming story, Wong’s love of animals leads him to pursue an unconventional, sometimes dangerous career. It takes him from Malaysia to Taiwan, where he studies animal husbandry; to Montana, where he learns to trap grizzly bears; and on to Borneo to research bears in the dense rainforest. Wong struggles to raise funds to create a unique rescue centre for sun bears, and in 2017 he is acknowledged as a CNN Hero—proving one person can make a difference. Australian author Sarah Pye takes readers on a journey of discovery, introducing individual sun bears she has come to know: Natalie, who learns to survive without her mother; Bongkud, who is struck by lightning; Gutuk, who is too scared to go outside; and Debbie, who grabs her chance at freedom. Saving Sun Bears is Wong’s story—and theirs.

Metadata:
Publication date: June 23, 2020
Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback
Page count: TBD
ISBN: 978-988-77949-9-8
Price (paper): US$19.95
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF
Word count: 79,000
eISBN: 978-988-77949-2-9
Price (e-book): US$9.99

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Blurbage:

  • “When I first met Wong during filming of Beartrek, I was so moved by his love for sun bears and their future… it went way beyond science. Now I’m proud to call him a friend and so happy that Sarah has captured his life in the words of this beautiful book. Be prepared to laugh and cry as you read his story, and be prepared to fall for Wong as everyone who crosses his path does.”  – Chris Morgan, documentary filmmaker, Uproar
  •  “I was recently immensely privileged to meet Dr Wong and film the release of three sun bears back into the wild. Wong is an incredibly committed and charismatic man, and I highly recommend this inspirational story about his life and important work.”  – Dame Judi Dench, actor and activist
  • “Sarah Pye takes readers on a journey of discovery, introducing individual sun bears she has come to know: Natalie, who learns to survive without her mother; Bongkud, who is struck by lightning; Gutuk, who is too scared to go outside; and Debbie, who grabs her chance at freedom.” – Wildlife Tourism Australia
  • “But as much as Saving Sun Bears is a biography of Wong and his relationship with this still-little-known rainforest-dwelling bear, it’s also a clarion call — first, to save the sun bear, a cause Pye herself has taken up. Researchers still don’t know how many live in the wild, but the combination of poaching, the wildlife pet trade and the animal’s loss of habitat don’t bode well for its survival. The way things are going, scientists say they could be extinct in three decades.” – Mongabay
  • Daily Express (Malaysia)
  • Sarah’s article in a local daily
  • My Sunshine Coast
  • Noosa Today
  • South Africa Today

 

Book launch event on World Environment Day 2020:

 

Author bio:
Sarah PyeSarah Pye first visited Borneo in 2012, ostensibly to see orangutans in the wild. When she met Dr Wong Siew Te and asked what she could do to help sun bears, he replied ‘do what you do best’. Those five powerful words sparked a seven-year journey, a Doctor of Creative Arts degree, an enduring friendship, and this book. No stranger to publishing, Sarah was named Sunshine Coast Small Business Woman of the Year in 2010 for her guidebook, Kids Welcome to Queensland (2009).

Website: Savingsunbears.com

 

Flyer:

Saving Sun Bears Flyer

Gallery:

Wong with a copy

Wong with a copy of Saving Sun Bears

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