Conservation and life in Borneo

Posts tagged “Sabah

Idiot vs Wild

Too much time on my hands again!


Suspected Wildlife Crime: an Email to the Sabah Wildlife Department

Dear Sir/Madam,
I saw a suspicious vehicle recently whilst driving into Sandakan. It had a number of small cages on the back, containing 6 blue-crowned hanging parrots. As I understand from your information, these are protected and ownership requires a license. I have attached photographs showing the birds as well as the registration of the vehicle and identity of the driver. If appropriate, I would appreciate it if you could find time to check whether or not the registered owner of the vehicle is licensed to own these birds.
Yours sincerely,
Paul Clenton
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens. The ball’s in their court now.

A Living Fossil

Yesterday I saw a nice example of a trilobite beetle (Duliticola sp.) in the bears’ forest enclosure. Their scientific name is from Mount Dulit, in Sarawak, although they are found in many places throughout South-East Asia.

An adorable little beast.


A Run in the Sun

Went for a little run the other day in an effort to do a bit of training for the upcoming Borneo International Marathon. It was hot and hilly but I managed to do 22 miles in all, which was a nice way to spend the morning. Probably the biggest challenge was coping with the traffic, as there isn’t really anywhere to run and the roadside is trip-hazards all the way. Hopefully the marathon itself will be a breeze by comparison.

Night Walk

A few nights ago I went to Sepilok’s Rainforest Discovery Centre with Owen and Marianne, a couple of outstanding volunteers at the BSBCC. We arrived at dusk and went up onto the canopy walk to observe the flying squirrels before descending to ground level to walk the trails for an hour or so. There were species of frog and lantern bug which I had never seen before, but the most impressive animals seen were a glow worm (a beetle larvae I assume belonged to the family Rhagophthalmidae) and a Bornean slow loris (Nycticebus menagensis).

Here’s a bit of blurred and shakey video footage:

We had to be very careful about flash photography in the forest as it can affect the eyesight of some of the nocturnal wildlife. This is especially true for mammal species such as tarsiers.

This lantern bug was my favourite pic of the evening.