You're invited to a very special online book launch

Wednesday 3rd August 2022
7.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time
5.00pm  Malaysian Time
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About This Event

Join Australian author Dr Sarah Pye and her trusty puppet sidekicks, as we launch the 5th Book in her fabulous Wildlife Wong Series ... Wildlife Wong and the Fig Wasp.

You'll be among the very first to listen to Sarah read this exciting new Wildlife Wong adventure story!

You'll also meet a real-life scientist in the jungles of Borneo, lots of little creatures that play such important role in jungle ecology - and you'll learn all about the very tiny hero of the story!

After the story, you'll put your science skills into practice, learn about the book publishing process and have the opportunity to have your questions answered personally by Sarah and Wong.


Who You'll Meet

Dr Sarah Pye first went to Borneo in 2012 because she wanted to see orangutans in the wild. While there, she met Wong Siew Te, a scientist who has dedicated his life to saving sun bears and their rainforest habitat. Sarah was captivated by his charisma and commitment and asked what she could do to help. “Do what you do best,” he replied.

Those five powerful words sparked a Doctor of Creative Arts degree, an enduring friendship, his award-winning biography, Saving Sun Bears, and a growing series of Wildlife Wong narrative nonfiction chapter books for children.

The Author
Dr Sarah Pye

Sarah may be a writer, speaker and teacher, but that hasn’t always been the case. Sarah was born on a tiny British outpost jutting into the Mediterranean called Gibraltar and spent the summers of her first decade plying the waters of the Norfolk broads aboard a classic clinker-built wooden boat.

When she was 13, Sarah’s teacher parents moved their family onto a 30ft ketch. Sarah was boat-schooled by the world around her — holding night watches, grocery shopping in foreign ports, and hunkering down in ranging storms.

At 17, Sarah left her floating home for college in the United States. Then, with a hospitality management degree under her arm, continued her westward migration to Hawaii, and on to Australia’s Whitsunday Islands. Sarah’s business, Ocean Rafting was awarded the Queensland Tourism Award for Best Adventure Product in 2001.

A trip to Borneo with her daughter changed the trajectory of Sarah’s life when she met Wong Siew Te.

She commenced her Doctor of Creative Arts Degree in 2016, exploring how narratives can be used to engage non-scientists in conservation.

In 2018, She took a break from the books to walk 800km across Spain, and in 2020, Wong’s biography, 
Saving Sun Bears was published.
The scientist
Dr Wong Siew Te

Dr Wong Siew Te is the hero of Saving Sun Bears and the Wildlife Wong series.

Wong was born near Penang in Malaysia. He left home to study animal husbandry in Taiwan, then continued on to Montana to learn about bear biology.

One day, guest lecturer, Professor Chris Servheen, mentioned he was looking for a Malaysian student to research the ‘least known bear in the world’. Wong made sure he was first in line. When he started studying sun bears in the jungle of Borneo over 20 years ago, there were only two other sun bear researchers in the world.

During his studies, Wong was sponsored to conduct a survey of captive sun bears across Malaysia and what he found was so disturbing that he made a promise to make changes.

Wong designed and created a unique rainforest centre called the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) which is located in Sepilok near Sandakan.

It is now home to around 40 Malayan sun bears rescued from habitat destruction, poaching and the illegal pet trade. BSBCC focuses on animal welfare, rehabilitation, research and education.

In 2017, The University of the Sunshine Coast awarded Wong an honorary doctorate for his tireless work and commitment to save a species. The same year, Wong was named a CNN World Wildlife Hero.
Your event host
In 2012 Tania Moloney founded Nurture in Nature, and has been helping educators, parents and others who care deeply for connecting kids and nature to grow their knowledge and skills so they feel confident and supported in their nature-inspired teaching and learning practice.

She presents regularly at national & international conferences & events including: Children and Nature Network Conference (2016, 2017, 2019, 2022), International Association of Nature Pedagogy Conference, Environmental Education in Early Childhood Conference, Playgroup Victoria Conference and Outdoors Victoria Conference.

She is also the host of the Nurture in Nature Radio Podcast, is a Vasque Footwear Ambassador, drives The Nature Bus (her awesome Mobile Classroom), and leads innovative and engaging professional development programs for educators - including an annual face to face 
Campference Teacher Nature Conference and Retreat in Australia, Campference: Where Nature Meets Story (online conference) and Nurture in Nature’s online Membership Community, Treehouse Educators.

Tania has a knack of bringing great people who care deeply for children and nature together around the campfire - be it in the real world or the virtual one - and making sure there is a welcoming seat for everyone around it.


Wednesday 3rd August 2022
7.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time
5.00pm  Malaysian Time
Check your timezone here

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