Who are we ?
WE WERE FOUNDED IN LATE 2012. WE ARE A VOLUNTEER GROUP WHOSE MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS THAT ARE FOUND ON BORNEO THROUGH OUR EDUCATION PROGRAM, ANIMAL RESCUES & RELEASE SERVICES AND CONSERVATION TOURISM
All this costs money, we are tired of begging for money on social media and people, come help us, support us, see the projects your selves, and also just remember, there is a lot of money to destroy the animals and a lot of keyboard warriors out there, please take some time and effort to help small groups like us to make a difference, other we all can only ' wish' and dream'
Apart from animals I love theater, Squash, Elvis, Michael Jackson, frank Sinatra and Bee gees. ....
Shavez Cheema, Position Founder
I founded this club in 2012 officially.Since then we have grown from a one man army into a team of animals lovers. I have always been into animals since I was a kid , watching animal planet and national geographic was just the beginning. I started to explore the jungles of Brunei by myself and also with my friends. I hope to raise the profile of the wonderful animals found in Borneo and protect them through various activities such as education and rescues. I hope to be the voice for the voiceless.
I have learnt along the way to save the animals of Borneo we have to have engage various stakeholders and bring them all on the same table. I believe to save the animals we need to apply a conservation tourism modal. We need to help locals get jobs so they can safeguard the natural kingdom with a reasoning. We need to further educate the public on animals through different media, from short videos, to documentaries to social media engagement. We are trying to convince restaurant owners to not use plastic straws anymore but use no straws or reusable bamboo straws instead. We are assisting the Sabah Softwoods in their efforts to replant a wildlife corridor which they established in tawau which connects two reserves. We hope to continue doing wildlife rescues from different parts of Borneo whenever called up as well. And finally developing community tourism projects for example a cycling from longhouse to longhouse adventure in Marudi to watching elephants and planting trees for them in the east of Borneo.
Chun Xing Wong, President
Wildlife never ceases to amaze me. There is always something new to learn about them. That is why I have chosen to spend my whole life exploring the wildlife in Borneo.
I grew up in Sabah studying in schools located next to forests. As a curious boy, I willingly expose myself to the natural surroundings of my schools and learned a lot about nature. Nature has been a great teacher to me and shaping me the way I am now.
Currently, I am a university student majoring in Biogeography. It was here in university where I have been given the opportunity to learn more about wildlife with 1StopBorneo Wildlife. With 1StopBorneo Wildlife, I hope to be able to venture into unexplored wilderness, discover new species, and work on new solutions to conserve these wonderful wildlife we are blessed with.
Special interests: insects with no capital, and everything related to spiders and insects. Trust me, they are gorgeous!
Bud Chapman ,Position Committee Member
I am a mature student of the world, committed to environmental awareness, protecting the native animals of Brunei and helping people achieve their goals in life.
I believe that with team we can all achieve our goals and I am really enjoying being part of this team.
My background has been as a member of the emergency services and in education, currently I work in a support role for CfBT Education Services.
It has been a privilege to be able to support 1stopBorneo Wildlife by looking after and releasing back into nature some of the native animals found here. As Head of Animal Rehabilitation and Release my role will be to prepare those animals we receive with the help of other volunteers.
I look forward to lots more time and experiences that will benefit Brunei, its environment and natural heritage.
Richard Thomas, Committee Members
I am also a mature student of the world with a passion for wildlife, tropical jungles and the protection of the native wildlife of Brunei.
My background is British Royal Air Force for 12yrs and 28yrs in TelecommunicationsNetworks Engineering & Worldwide Network Synchronisation. I am currently happily retired from the ‘world of work’ and spend my time between UK and Brunei.
1StopBorneo Wildlife is a wonderful NGO with a wonderful committed team of enthusiasts led by the most passionate advocate of wildlife and nature that I have ever known. I am proud to be part of the team. I work closely with Bud Chapman here in Brunei with Rescue and Rehabilitation and release of our native wildlife. It is such a satisfying feeling releasing an animal that can once again live wild and free in the junglewhere it belongs.
Aside fromwildlife, my interests are motoring (built my own sportscar), and badminton (played tournaments in many parts of the world).
Koid Qian Qun, Head of Field Research
I was born in Kedah, a small place located in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Currently, I am studying in University Malaysia Sabah, under the programme of Conservation Biology. I joined 1StopBorneo Wildlife since 2016. To me, this organization is very unique. Different types of nature-related activities such as Book Club, Movie Nights, River Clean Up, and Forest Outing have been carried out and always opened to students and public.
I always learn new knowledge and skills from the activities that I have joined. Fun facts about wildlife, plants, and nature, experience of spotting animals in the forests, and having good communication skills are the things that I have learned from this organization. They are so valuable to me. This organization also gives me the opportunities to do the stuff that I interested in such as carry out research project and writing papers related to wildlife. I am really happy being part of this organization. I hope I could continue to learn new things from and contribute more to 1StopBorneo Wildlife.
Adelaide, Deputy Head of Education
Although dirt and being outdoors and nature overall goes against my ‘germophobic’ nature, the environment is still very close to my heart. I feel that each and every one of us are obligated to take care and stand up for mother nature. And as a nerd at heart, I believe that education plays such a big part in making sure the current and future generation can protect one of the greatest gift that life has had to offer; the beauty and magnificence of Mother Earth. Imagine a world without the forests, the trees, the animals and all. What a dull world this would be. Thanks 1StopBorneo Wildlife for being a great platform to help me and others carry out so much more in taking care of the environment. Let’s all realize that life is so much more than wealth and all that worldly stuff.. “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”
Syaharah Hussin, Head of Education
I'am adventurer and wanderers person. seeking for experiences in exploring the nature of Sabah. I was born and raised in a small town known as Semporna. Joining the 1Stopborneo Wildlife has changed my point of view about how important is to protect the endangered animals. 1Stopbornoe Wildlife has give me the opportunity to be part in protecting the animals and the nature. Currently, a student majoring in Tourism and for me, tourism is not always about providing a service for tourists experience a tourism products but I strongly believe that tourism can be part of way or as a tools to conserve the animals and nature.
Isyaharah , Head of Book Club
An ordinary girl from semporna. Currently, I am a university student majoring in Tourism Management. I have always been so eager to learn about animals and forest. I started joining 1stopborneo in 2016 and this is when I was introduced to Nature Book Club that have triggered my passion to learn about wildlife more. I have also joined the Movie Night, Cleanup and outings. There's just so much ways of learning the wildlife. I hope to make people more aware about the importance of wildlife.
Mohan, Committee Member
I am MOHAN! I was born in Selangor and then grew up. Along the way, I picked up photography as my hobby which gradually became a big part of my life. As an art enthusiast i tend to see and capture the aesthetic in everything. I knew Sabah was a great choice when i decided to pursue my majors in Tourism Management. Then i met this group of remarkable people representing 1Stopborneo Wildlife as the agents of the mother nature to protect the wildlife. I believe media has a great influence on how we perceive things, so here i am capturing every frame of Borneo’s wildlife and show the world the beauty of it through my lenses.
Martin Parry, Committee Member
I am a lucky (healthy) retiree, able to spend my time in both UK and Sabah, where I have a flat bought under the MM2H scheme. Previously, I had spent 10 years in diagnostic microbiology in UK’s National Health Service before lecturing in microbiology and parasitology in universities in Hong Kong and London. My PhD was based at Kew Gardens, London, as part of a group investigating the potential of microbial metabolites for control of insect pests.
I first came to Sabah because of an annual visit I made as a course moderator for a college in Brunei. During my subsequent visits to Sabah since 2013, I began to realise the disparity between Europeans’ perception of Borneo as an island of rainforests and biodiversity and the reality of conservationists and committed scientists fighting a rear guard action against the increasing damage to rainforests and their inhabitants, both human and non-human.
I realised something else: that there was a very real parallel between agricultural practices and their economics in the UK and Sabah. Human activities have destroyed almost all of UK’s
forests long ago; Sabah hasn’t achieved this yet and just might halt destruction. Nevertheless, agriculture based on large scale cultivation of monocultures is common to both regions. The use of chemicals and planned habitat destruction is shared. Serious declines in a wide range of animal and plant species in Borneo and Europe are now being realised. Western people have absolutely no grounds for claiming they do things better!
As an educator, I hope to be able to use that knowledge to influence myself as well as others and thereby to contribute wherever I can, in order to protect the incredible nature and wildlife that is left in Sabah. I'm looking forward to get closer to nature and be the voice of these voiceless animals as well.
Natalie Ben Arosh, Commitee Member
My name is Natalie Ben Arosh. Ever since I was a young girl, I loved spending time in nature. Growing up in The Netherlands I was always intrigued by wildlife documentaries about South-east-Asia. I dreamed off travelling there to see it with my own eyes. So as soon as I could afford tickets, I headed for that region.
Then one day an amazing opportunity gave me the chance to stay and work in Kota Kinabalu and I have been on this very special and stunning Island since 2011.
About a year ago I was very privileged to meet the passionate and determined founder of 1StopBorneo. His love for making a difference within conservation has been very infectious and I realised we need to make changes in order to save what is left of the precious wildlife and rainforests on this island. And that change starts with ourselves.
Even though I have only just started to be part of this amazing organisation, it's incredibly exciting to learn so many new things each time, especially about the unique flora and fauna that we have on Borneo.
Violet, Commitee Member
My name’s Violet, hailing from Kedah and now living and working in Kota Kinabalu. I came to KK in 2014 to pursue my undergraduate studies in Environmental Science (ES) in UMS. As humans, our focus is protecting biodiversity, which underspins healthy ecosystems and critical for the life support systems on earth. As a tomboyish little girl, I was never afraid to get sunburned, scrapped or hurt from playing outside. I’ve always had a quest in life to learn as much I can about the astonishing natural world in which we all rely on. I always had the urge to understand what makes the world tick and how it’s living and non-living aspects interact. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have experienced all the wonderful opportunities that ES programme in UMS had to offer as I established lifelong friendships, passion for environmental and biodiversity issues, and above all THE GREAT OUTDOORS! If you have a passion for environmental conservation and want to play a part in learning or improving the protected natural habitats of wildlife in Borneo, 1Stopborneo Wildlife volunteer projects offer the unique opportunity to support the protection of endangered species, and help improve the quality of life for abandoned or rescued animals. You also get to support the protection of natural landscapes, learn about wildlife conservation, as well as study and monitor endangered species. It’s really, really cool.
Hi, my name is Ledumin. I’m from Kg. Sayap, Kota Belud, Sabah. I was a hunter-gatherer, doing that for the living for the whole time in my life until I meet Shavez back in a few years ago. After accepting the offer to join the 1StopBorneo Wildlife, I feel lucky, able to learn new knowledge and see something in a new different perspective towards wildlife of Borneo. 1StopBorneo Wildlife gives me a new way of living too, by becoming a nature guide. I love to see all kind of wildlife species in Borneo and learned their name in English. We are never too late, never too old, to learn about our nature and wildlife in Borneo.
My name is Ranit. I lived in Tawau, Sabah. I worked as a driver for tourists. I love to travel, seeing new things, and being an opportunist when it came to work hard for extra income. Thanks to Shavez, working as a driver for tourists is to kill two birds with one stone for me, I got an income and travels both at the same time! In order to create a great work-life balance, every night I would spend hours playing badminton with my friends. I hope that more tourists would come to Tawau, as Tawau is a great place to visit. 1StopBorneo Wildlife is indeed an unsung hero, they play a vital parts in making Tawau to be known by over the world from their conservation projects and expeditions.
Allister L. Commitee Member
My name is Allister, I’m from Sibu, Sarawak. Study Business in Tourism Management at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Loves traveling with a little adventure, and learning from the others. I joining 1StopBorneo Wildlife as an intern for 3 months (June-Sept 2019) and got involved in various projects and activities within that time. Thanks to Shavez, for the great exposure to conservation tourism, I’m grateful to be surrounded by people that value our nature and wildlife in Borneo. Nature Book Club, “No Plastic Straw” campaign, posters on awareness, Marudi Longhouses Cycling Adventure, Tawau Hills Park, #Plant4BorneoElephant documentary launch day are the name of few things I got involved with. I hope the efforts we made for the future on the nature and wildlife in Borneo will be an example and inspiration towards the society.