Latest Borneo Stories

2009-07-01 11:07:37

Conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Wednesday that the future of the Borneo rhino, one of the world's most endangered animals, depends on action taken to protect the forest reserves where it lives. According to Malaysian wildlife officials, only 30 Borneo rhino remain in the wilderness of Sabah state, an island that the country shares with Indonesia. "The future of rhinos in Borneo now depends on how seriously the forest reserves can be managed sustainably," Raymond Alfred,...

2009-05-27 07:50:00

Wildlife activists have constructed a bridge that connects treetops in an orangutan refuge on Borneo Island to encourage the endangered mammals to find new partners and thwart inbreeding. The 142 ft suspension bridge was finished in April at the Lower Kinabatangan Sanctuary located in the state of Sabah, the New Straits Times announced. "But this is a temporary measure. In the long run, we must create forest corridors for orangutans and other animals to move about," noted Nobuo Nakanishi from...

2009-05-18 13:20:00

A national park in Borneo Island, which is home to hundreds of endangered orangutans, has been partially turned into a development zone complete with an airport and brothels, The AFP reported.The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) said in a statement that almost 600 of the longhaired apes have disappeared from Kutai National Park, East Kalimantan province, over the past seven years of unchecked construction.Hardi Baktiantoro from the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) told AFP that...

2009-02-23 09:44:09

Severe fires in Indonesia "“ responsible for some of the worst air quality conditions worldwide "“ are linked not only to drought, but also to changes in land use and population density, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience led by Robert Field of the University of Toronto. "During the late 1970s, Indonesian Borneo changed from being highly fire-resistant to highly fire-prone during drought years, marking the period when one of the world's great tropical forests became one...

2009-01-27 09:41:38

A British survey indicates climate change is affecting tropical insects on Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, the third largest island in the world. University of York researchers repeated a 1965 survey of species of moths living on the mountain and discovered they have moved uphill by about 220 feet during the intervening years to cope with changes in climate. I-Ching Chen, first author of the study, said the findings represent the first demonstration that climate change is affecting the...

2008-12-28 15:50:00

Wildlife experts announced Wednesday that a male rhino is anticipated to become the primary contributor in a Malaysian breeding plan to save his endangered species. The 20-year-old Borneo Sumatran rhino, "Tam," was discovered in August with an infected leg wound possibly produced by a poacher trap. Tam has been moved to a wildlife reserve in Malaysia's Sabah state, where the remaining Borneo Sumatran rhinos live. Authorities want to convey five male and females to the reserve in the following...

2008-11-12 10:00:00

Colugos (aka flying lemurs) "” the closest living relatives of primates most notable for their ability to glide from tree to tree over considerable distances "” are more diverse than had previously been believed, according to a new report published in the November 11th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. Primates are most familiarly represented by monkeys and apes, the group including humans. Scientists had recognized just two species of these enigmatic mammals,...

2008-09-21 21:00:24

TRC Synergy Bhd, a public-listed construction company, inched closer to securing the US$3 billion (RM10 billion) oil refinery project in Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei, after receiving approval from the government to proceed with a detailed feasibility study. In a statement yesterday, TRC said it had completed its first phase economic feasibility study on the viability of constructing and operating a crude oil storage and refinery facility in Pulau Muara Besar, with positive results. Its...

2008-09-21 21:00:22

By Sulok Tawie SARAWAK-BASED Internet service provider and ICT firm Danawa Resources Sdn Bhd has teamed up with Indonesia's PT Trans Hybrid Communications to conduct a feasibility study on the Kuching- Pontianak fibre optic link. The study, which began two days ago, is expected to be completed in three months. Both companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Jakarta on July 20. Danawa Resources will conduct the study and thereafter make recommendations for all parties to...

2008-09-19 09:00:35

Text of report in English by Malaysian official news agency Bernama website [Bernama report from the "General" page: "TRC Gets Brunei Govt Nod For Oil Refinery Project"] KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) - TRC Synergy Bhd has received approval from the Brunei Government through its associated company, PetroBru (B) Sdn Bhd, to proceed with an oil refinery project in the sultanate. The company has completed a feasibility study on the economic viability of building and operating a crude oil...

Latest Borneo Reference Libraries

Sunda Clouded Leopard
2013-04-29 15:05:58

The Sunda clouded leopard or the Sundaland clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) is wildcat that can be found in Sumatra and Borneo. Its preferred habitat in Borneo occurs in lowland rainforests and possibly logged forests at an elevation below 4,900 feet. In Sumatra, it occurs in montane forests with abundant hills. There is not much information recorded about the Sunda leopard, because it is too elusive to study, but it is thought to be a solitary creature that hunts on the ground and uses...

Bay Cat, Pardofelis badia
2012-11-05 11:43:24

The bay cat (Pardofelis badia) is a species that is native to Borneo. Its other common names include the Bornean marbled cat, the Bornean cat, and the Bornean bay cat. Although the bay cat is extensively distributed across many habitats on the island, it is rarely seen. Some of its preferred habitats include tropical and lowland forests, and possibly rocky areas with limestone near the coast of the island. It can be found at elevations between 1,600 and 5,900 feet, although these estimates...

2008-08-07 10:07:47

The Bornean Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi), is a medium-sized wild cat found on Borneo, Sumatra and the Batu Islands in the Malay Archipelago. It was previously also found in Java, but no specimens have been recorded there since Neolithic times. Their preferred habitat is tropical and subtropical forest at altitudes up to about 6,500 ft. The habits of the Bornean Clouded Leopard are largely unknown because of the animal's secretive nature. It is assumed that it is generally a solitary...

2007-06-25 08:25:28

The Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Elephas maximus borneensis, is a subspecies of the Asian Elephant and found in north Borneo. The origin of the Borneo Elephant was controversial. The two competing theories were that they were either native to that region, or were introduced. DNA research has discovered that the Borneo Elephants' ancestors separated from the mainland population during the Pleistocene Era, about 300,000 years ago. Since the Borneo elephant became isolated it has become smaller...

2007-01-02 10:54:19

The Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus is a species of orangutan native to the island of Borneo. It is slightly larger than the other species of orangutan, the Sumatran orangutan. The Bornean orangutan is more common than the Sumatran, with about 45,000 individuals existing in the wild. There are only about 7,500 of the Sumatran species left in the wild. Orangutans are becoming increasingly endangered due to habitat destruction. Many orangutans are killed so that their babies can be captured...

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