After four weeks here we had four days off, so I decided to make the most of it and go somewhere different. Four of us decided to fly to Kota Kinabalu, 30 minutes away, at a cost of £24 return. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state in the northern part of the island … More Borneo – Kota Kinabalu – 4 days off
This week we are assigned to Orang Utan Jungle Surveys. This entails putting on leach ‘socks’ and more clothes than are comfortable in this humidity as we try to avoid getting leaches attached to us when we are pushing our way through the leaves:( The leaches are nothing like the flat black leaches we … More Sepilok – Trekking Week. March 20th – 25th
Our second week of work started with a day that included tree planting. We had to drive for an hour to get to a river where we would take a boat journey, and then trek to an area where the local people are trying to keep the area populated with indigenous trees instead of palm … More Borneo. Tree Planting.
It’s incredible to see just how intelligent and human-like Orang Utans are. I thought I’d start writing snippets as I will forget the amazing moments where we just look at each other and go ‘wow’, or ‘they’re just like us’….. 12th – 17th March. Our first week is in the nursery area, with the OUs … More OrangUtan Antics – Working Week 1.
Next door to the Orang Utan rehabilitation centre is another sanctuary for Sun Bears. Here, rescued bears can roam large areas of forest, dig for grubs, climb, forage and rest in the trees within the enclosures. They are the second rarest bear species, after the giant panda. The sun bear population has declined by at least … More Bornean Sun Bears
During our week of quarantine to ensure that we didn’t have any viruses that we could pass on to the OrangUtans, we took a trip to a Proboscis Monkey sanctuary. This privately-owned sanctuary is located within a palm oil estate and it gives people the chance to observe these monkeys very closely. We could walk … More Borneo – Proboscis Monkeys
In the afternoon we were taken on a tour of the nearby town – Sandakan. Our first stop was the Sandakan Memorial Park. This is a beautiful rainforest garden which was the site of a Japanese POW camp during WWII. In July 1942, 1,500 Australian prisoners of war were transferred from Singapore to Sandakan as a forced … More Borneo. Day 3