The jungles of Borneo, one of the world’s most diverse and incredible regions, has long suffered from deforestation at the hands of humanity, while the teeming wildlife has slowly succumbed to poaching and habitat loss.
In Sabah, on the Malaysian side of the island, the Kinabatangan River has become a refuge for Borneo’s unique and distinct flora and fauna. Down by the river, I visited this corridor of life, and found a wetland jungle inhabited by monkeys, crocodiles, spiders, snakes and more. I even spotted the elusive Bornean Orang Utan in its wild and natural environment.
Here are my Photos From The Road. This is the Kinabatangan River.
Down by the Kinabatangan River.
A cheeky Macaque scavenging for berries.
Just chilling in the trees.
A family of Proboscis monkeys settle down for the night.
The male Proboscis. The females live in a harem with a single adult male. This chap gets his pick of the women.
The protected ‘corridor of life’ provides the sanctuary needed for Borneo’s wildlife to flourish.
A macaque takes the leap.
Terrifyingly close. This salt water crocodile was almost 5 metres in length. After this it disappeared down below…
The rare Orang Utan shares 97% of the same DNA as humans.
Usually they are solitary creatures, but it was mating season. These two were building their nest for the night. Orang Utans move each night to a new abode to avoid predators, mostly human poachers.
Native only to Borneo and Sumatra, Orang Utans are an endangered species. The Kinabatangan River is one of the best places to see these majestic creatures in the wild.
The sun sets on Borneo’s corridor of life.
All Photos Property of Richard Collett
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Love your blog! it’s so beautiful!
Incredible! Looks like you had so many close encounters with wildlife. Did you go kayaking? Looks like a great spot for it plus what a beautiful a sunset!
There were a few too many crocodiles to really want to be kayaking out there!
A harem for monkeys (Ploboscis)? That’s really interesting! Did humans inherited it from them then? Just asking! (Winks)
Haha who knows who got it from who!
So glad i came across this post, i’m heading towards Borneo next year and will be visiting the Kinabatangan river. Your photos look amazing!
It’s a great place! You should spend a few nights there at least if you have time, that way you’ll maximise your chances of seeing the wildlife! I’ll have a more detailed post coming out soon if you’re interested! Not just photos, words too!
Great shots, especially “just chilling in the trees” haha.
Small suggestion, I would reconsider all caps to begin the post. I find it’s harder on the eyes.
Cool blog, keep it up -Dan
Thanks Dan, yeah I think I might need to tone down the caps a bit! Cheers for the suggestions.
What an adventure! Exciting place to wander. Perfect shot of the ‘Just chilling in the trees’. 🙂