Can’t See the Trees for the Forest

WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE THE TREES FOR THE FOREST Features | Posts | Conservation Borneo is one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, host to a staggering array of plant species. In fact, one ten-hectare plot in Borneo can contain more than 700 tree species, a number equal to that of the United States […]

Weaving Hope for the Future

Gray clouds blanketed Palangka Raya that morning, as we drove 20 minutes from the city center to the village of Kereng Bangkirai in the nearby Sebangau District. Getting out of the car, we crossed a rickety walkway over the peat-swamp to a small wooden house, propped up on stilts above the black water. Women’s laughter […]

SECRET EYES SAVING BORNEO’S WILD CATS

Camera Traps in Barito Ulu On a misty June morning, the gentle chugging of a boat engine ebbed slowly up the Riam Lampei Awei River. The boat, containing 10 members of Borneo Nature Foundation’s (BNF) camera trap research team departed from a traditional floating house on the banks of the Joloi River and headed 90 […]

The Month of Love: Getting Reacquainted with Gracia and Gara

February 14th is marked by annual celebrations around the world as people gather their loved ones and exchange gifts to commemorate Valentine’s Day. This year, Abdul Azis (affectionately known as Azis Orangutan by his colleagues), Orangutan Coordinator at BNF, was also feeling the love. Azis was happy because he had finally been given the go-ahead […]

Popy’s Adventure #3

POPY’S ADVENTURE #3 POPY MEETS OBO As sunlight fell through cracks in the trees and the morning’s dew began to evaporate, Popy and her mother prepared to leave the nest they had slept in last night. With Popy holding on tight to his mother’s body, the two started swinging from tree to tree in search […]

Captivated by Charismatic Red Monkey

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT ONE OF BORNEO’S MOST CHARMING, YET UNDERAPPRECIATED, PRIMATES It was early morning and temperatures were low at the Peat Forest Natural Laboratory (LAHG) camp, a special zone within the Sebangau National Park. As I shivered fitfully in my tent, distant sounds of screaming and whistling pricked at my eardrums, stirring me from […]

Popy’s Adventure #2

POPY BUILDS A NEST As the sun continued its westward crawl and the day’s colours slowly began to fade, Popy and her mother picked out a tree to sleep in. “Popy, we have to choose a different tree every day to sleep,” said Popy’s mother, tugging at the twigs and leaves to form a nest […]

Menjalankan Konservasi Taman Nasional Sebangau Bersama Masyarakat

Taman Nasional Sebangau (TNS) merupakan salah satu kawasan konservasi dengan hutan rawa gambut tropika tersisa dan penting di Kalimantan, bahkan dunia. Keberadaan kawasan seluas ± 537.451 hektar ini mampu mempengaruhi fungsi ekologis-hidrologis di sekitarnya. Kawasan Gambut Sebangau merupakan penyangga bagi tiga daerah aliran sungai (DAS) besar di provinsi Kalimantan Tengah, yaitu Sungai Katingan, Sungai Kahayan, […]

Creeping on The Onerous Cliff

The morning greeted Rekut’s jungle. The light of dawn woke me from a hammock that I tied to wooden poles in the corner of our temporary camp. This was our first morning on the Heart of Borneo expedition in June 2021. Instantly, the freshness of the air greeted me. I inhaled deeply while looking at […]

Borneo is burning again and again, but why?

For over a month, forest and land fires have been burning in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. These fires have been an annual occurrence during Borneo’s dry season for over 20 years. Many of you may ask “Why are these fires burning every year?” The tropical peatlands of southern Borneo form one of the largest expanses […]