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The rainforests of Borneo display a unique mast flowering follow by mast fruiting event once every four to eleven years. During this mast flowering and fruiting events, almost all dipterocarp trees and majority of the canopy tree species flower and fruit simultaneously. This spectacular events cause an influx of fruits and the wildlife exploit the abundance of fruits in the forest. In this talk, Dr. Wong explain the cause, consequences and evolution  of the mast fruiting in the rainforest of Borneo and how wildlife respond to the mast flowering and fruiting.    

Date: Friday, 23 Aug 2019
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: The Secretariat, Sabah Society
Speaker: Dr. Wong Siew Te

DR. (Hon) WONG SIEW TE is a Malaysian wildlife biologist and tropical forest ecologist. He did his Diploma in Veterinary and Animal Science from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan, and all of his B. Sc., M. Sc., and doctorate majoring in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana, Montana, USA. Wong is the CEO and the founder of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, which he founded in 2008. Dr. Wong has been awarded with numerous awards and recognitions of his works on sun bears. Among them were recognized as a wildlife hero featured in the book Wildlife Heroes in 2012, conferred “Member-Order of the Defender of State” (Darjah Johan Negeri, D.J.N) by the governor of Penang State, Malaysia in 2014, awarded an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia in 2016, “My Country Hero” or “Wira Negaraku” by the Government of Malaysia and awarded as a “CNN Hero” in 2017. He also featured in March and April 2019 issues of Readers’ Digest as “Everyday Hero”.