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2008-09-05 00:00:12

By Joniston Bangkuai KOTA KINABALU: Nature lovers can see some of Borneo's most endangered animals in their natural habitats on a special tour package. Introduced in conjunction with the launch of MASwing's ATR 72 aircraft flights between here and Lahad Datu later this month, the two-day, one-night package, a joint effort by MASwing - Malaysia's first commuter airline - and Tabin Wildlife Holidays (TWH) will cost around RM390 per person. The package, limited only to residents of...

2008-09-02 00:00:12

By Jaswinder Kaur WILDLIFE experts in Sabah were caught off guard on Aug 5 when a Sumatran rhinoceros ventured out of its forest habitat and made its way into an oil palm estate. Sabah Wildlife Department veterinarians and rangers, with field officers from SOS Rhino Borneo and WWF-Malaysia in tow, rushed to the estate to see an adult male in his prime roaming one corner of the plantation. It seemed like an answer to their prayers. The animal's sudden appearance comes at a time when...

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2008-08-28 09:05:00

Conservation body WWF said that Sumatra's endangered elephants and tigers are expecting a boost from an Indonesian government move to expand one of their last havens, a four-year-old national park on the island. It was announced in Jakarta on Thursday that the park area would be more than doubled to 86,000 hectares (212,500 acres). Increased efforts would be vital to ensure that poaching and other illegal activities"”like unsanctioned logging and settlement"”did not continue in...

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2008-08-18 09:20:00

Images of a clouded leopard spotted in Borneo's Sebangua National Park have researchers scratching their heads, since cats have not been caught there before. Researchers say motion-activated cameras have captured amazing images of the leopards' presence, which they say proves the need to protect the region's habitat. The National Park is one of the world's largest deep peat-swap forests. However, it's at risk from illegal logging and forest fires. The recorded images are helping a team of...

2008-08-18 00:00:21

Intermap Technologies today announced that the Company has entered into a new distribution program with the Sabah Lands and Surveys Department in East Malaysia. The program, called Digital Sabah, will make available high-resolution 3D digital elevation data and imagery covering the entire State of Sabah. Sabah, located on the Island of Borneo and the Malaysia Borneon state, encompasses one of the worlds few remaining rain forests, boasting wild elephants, orangutans, and other endangered...

2008-08-14 09:01:02

Text of report in English by Brunei newspaper Borneo Bulletin website on 14 August [by Amin Hosni] Brunei Darussalam may have enough LNG reserves to cater to the country's energy needs for years to come, but it is also leaving no stones unturned in its pursuit of renewable energy. With the help of a Japanese firm, Brunei is embarking on a large- scale photovoltaic (PV) demonstration project, considered the largest in ASEAN. Solar power will soon be an additional source of energy to power...

2008-08-03 00:00:13

M ost people who know the place like to call it "Asia's best kept secret". But the secret is slowly getting out about Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah province of Malaysian Borneo. Flying into this exotic spot, which sits just six degrees north of the Equator, gives you a good idea of what's in store: bright blue sea, islets, reefs, miles of white sand fringed by palm trees, lush green land and rainforest. A slow developer in comparison with other parts of south-east Asia - there are no...

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2008-07-17 14:51:54

Efforts underway to save thousands of orchid species from extinction Borneo (Kalimantan) is the third largest island in the world. It is rich with a variety of indigenous orchid species that grow in the forests. Borneo's rain forests are also home to some extremely rare species of orchids, all highly valued for their exotic aromas and aesthetic beauty. It has been estimated that 2500 to 3000 orchid species grow in the forests of Borneo. Borneo's orchids are also endangered, a result of the...

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2008-07-07 08:10:00

Orangutans could soon become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action is not taken, according to a new study. Their numbers have declined sharply in Indonesia and Malaysia since 2004. Serge Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, said the change is due to illegal logging and the expansion of palm oil plantations. Wich said the survey found the orangutan population on Indonesia's Sumatra Island dropped almost 14 percent since 2004.  It also found populations...

2008-06-27 00:01:54

By Dr Dionysius Sharma WE had hopes the 9MP Mid-Term Review would spell out more specific strategies and action plans. The review pledges to incorporate environmental issues in a holistic and integrated manner. WWF would like to see rigorous implementation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment framework and greater stakeholder participation in development planning. We are most encouraged to hear that two large conservation initiatives - the Central Forest Spine (CFS) and the Heart...


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...

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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...

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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...

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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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