Wildlife of Borneo

Planting figs could save endangered species in Borneo

In one of the most remote and undisturbed forests of Borneo, the Maliau Basin in the Malaysian state of Sabah, researchers picked a single fig tree (Ficus caulocarpa) and surveyed the species feeding from it over a 5-day-period. Their findings, published in Tropical Conservation Science, shows that a fig tree over a short period of time feeds a high percentage of endangered species, prompting researchers to recommend replanting figs in disturbed forests as a way to save Borneo’s frugivores (fruit-eating species) from extinction.

Fears for orangutans: BHP urged to abandon coalmining in central Borneo

‘Extinct’ Bornean Bay Cat spotted in Malaysia (2011)

One of the world’s most elusive wildcats – long believed extinct after it was last seen in 2003 – has been spotted in pictures from camera traps set up on Malaysian Borneo.

Three pictures showing two or three of the Bay Cats were taken in the northern highlands of Sarawak state in Borneo by researchers working for the forestry department.

Rare hairy-nosed otter captured on camera in Borneo A rare hairy-nosed otter, not seen in the wild for a decade, has been caught on camera in Borneo by conservationists.

Endangered otter rediscovered in Borneo

The last time the hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana) was seen in Borneo it was road-kill, but researchers have now photographed a living individual of this elusive and endangered species.

Photos were taken by camera trap in the Dermakot forest in Sabah, a state of Malaysian Borneo.

While the last specimen known in Borneo was killed by a car in 1997, the species hasn’t been found confirmed in Sabah for over a century.

Elusive bay cat caught on camera (2013)

 The world’s least known cat has been caught on camera in a previously unsurveyed rainforest by scientists from the Zoological Society of London. Until now, the bay cat (Pardofelis badia) had been recorded on camera traps just a few times in its Borneo forest home and was only photographed in the wild for the first time in 2003. But more images of this animal have been captured than ever before, together with evidence of four other wild cat species, in a heavily logged area of forest where they were not expected to thrive.

Expedition Borneo – BBC wildlife Members of the Expedition Borneo team discover some fascinating and never before seen creatures in the Malaysian wilderness. Great short video


Frog the size of a pea discovered in Borneo

A frog the size of a pea has been discovered on the South-East Asian island of Borneo. Microhyla nepenthicola, which was named after a plant on the island, is the smallest frog discovered in Asia, Africa or Europe
Camera trap photos: big mammals survive in fragmented forest in Borneo Camera trap photos taken in the fragmented forest along the Kinabatangan River in Borneo have revealed a number of key mammal species surviving despite forest loss mostly due to expanding palm oil plantations.

Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei (Bradt Travel Guide) – A personal favourite: I love the Bradt Guides

The biodiversity of Borneo is one of the greatest in the world, with tropical rainforest and rivers covering over 70 percent of Malaysian Borneo. Borneo is one of just two places where the Orangutan has survived, and there are hundreds of unique flora and fauna species. This is the first English-language guide focusing exclusively on Malaysian Borneo & the Sultanate of Brunei. It offers all the practical advice you’d expect, but with a deep and vivid insight into Borneo, its nature, people, sites, countryside and cities.

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