Image 035 is of a very cheeky chappy called ‘Reg’ who is an orphaned Orangutan in the Shangri La’s rehabilitation centre. His mother was killed as a result of the destruction of rainforest to make way for the huge areas of sugar cane plantations. Sugar cane, which has no biodiversity value at all for the wildlife, directly effects the environment in many ways. Endemic species such as Orangutan, Proboscis monkey, Pygmy Elephant are threatened to extinction because of it. Hopefully, Reg will be able to be rehomed very soon in a rainforest that is safe from destruction (which unforunately isn’t a lot anymore!)
Bornean Orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens.
Image 034 is an aerial view of Pulau Gaya, the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine national park, situated just off the northwest coast of Borneo, opposite Kota Kinabalu. The villages that you can see around the edges are the stilt villages where illegal immigrants from the Phillipines have set up residence. We were warned not to go there by the locals as it is a very dangerous place with a high crime rate.
Pulau Gaya, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1d mk4 with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens.
Todays image, number 033, is of a very early morning sunrise over Mt Kinabalu. This mountain is the highest in Borneo at 4095m (13,435ft) and offers the locals a welcome cool retreat from the hot and humid lower altitudes.
Mt Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1d mk4 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens.
After watching a programme about the plight of the Slow Loris in Java on BBC2 last night, image 026 is of a male Bornean Slow Loris I was lucky enough to see and photograph in a rehabilitation centre in Borneo. Although protected by law, Slow Loris are cruelly being taken from the wild to be sold as pets in markets in the exotic pet trade. The ‘cuteness’ of these animals is unfortunately linked to how popular they are as pets and therefore growing supply and demand of these creatures is playing a role with their rapid demise in the wild. The Natural World programme with Dr Anna Nekaris can be seen again on BBC iPlayer here.
Unlike the Slow Loris in Java this fortunate individual will be released back into the wild.
More images of this species can be found on my agency website here: ALAMY
Bornean Slow loris, Nycticebus menagensis, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 lens.
After having a really nice break off over Christmas and New Year im now fully charged and ready to go. One of my projects is to post 365 images throughout 2012. These could be images I have photographed on that day, or some of my favourites from the past.
To kick start it all off, heres an image of a Blue-eared Kingfisher from Borneo. Not that I’m wanting to be in a warmer or less windy climate. 😉
Blue-eared Kingfisher, Alcedo meninting, Borneo, Malaysia.
Canon 1D mk4 with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens and Canon 550EX speedlite.