The Proboscis Monkey of Borneo – Proof that Size Matters After All

This alpha male proboscis monkey reminded me of my late Uncle Bee, with his big nose and pot belly

“Take you to see proboscis monkey?” suggested the taxi drivers lined up at the entrance to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Frankly, I had no idea what they were talking about. My visit to the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo had two goals: see the endangered orangutans and sun bears. I’d … Read more

PHOTO: Lucky Closeup of a Bornean Thick-Billed Spiderhunter

Bornean Thick-Billed Spiderhunter bird at Sepilok Nature Resort

I traveled to the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo mainly to see orangutans in the wild and to learn about the endangered Sun Bears. An unexpected bonus was the astonishing birdlife. I spotted Rhinoceros hornbills, with their weird red and gold banana-shaped headdresses, as well as black and white Oriental Pied … Read more

Protecting the Terminally Cute Sun Bears of Borneo

Most believe the Sun Bears are named for the golden crest on their chest, which resembles a rising sun. They also have an uncommonly long, thin tongue, which is used to probe logs and scoop up insects as it curls back up.

At high noon, I stood on the viewing platform at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center in Sabah, Borneo. In the intense humidity, rivers of sweat streamed down my face and neck. Within minutes, my T-shirt was soaking wet. I peered down into the enclosures below expecting these smallest of all the bear species to … Read more

PHOTO: Orangutan Best Buddies – So Like Humans

Human like behavior of orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre on the island of Borneo

Humans have long been fascinated by all members of the ape family. Orangutans, second largest of the apes after gorillas, rank extremely high on our fascination meter. There’s no mystery about this. We look at orangutans and see ourselves. I felt the same way when I visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and watched the … Read more