If you are not too bored of the Borneo theme, I’d like to continue with image 036, which is of a Long-tailed Macaque. These were drinking from a river as we edged closer in a low sided boat allowing me to get this low viewpoint of this one preening. I really like the way the light is highlighting the eyes in this. With Borneo, the light can be very dark but most of the time it is very dappled as it squeezes through the gaps in the dense vegetation. Wait until the subject gets in the correct position and then press the shutter. Sounds easy doesnt it! 😉
Long-tailed Macaque, Macaca fascicularis, Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1d mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
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.
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.