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Beautiful in Borneo

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So far the Borneo tour has exceeded expectations and we've been incredibly lucky with our wildlife sightings. First big day included seeing a mother and new born orangutan show up for the feeding at the Sepelok Rehabilitation center followed by a sneak peak preview of the Borneo Sun Bear center and seeing 5 bears close up. Next we cruised up the Kinabatangan River and by chance spotted a large heard of pygmy elephants eating and playing in the river. This was very rare and we stayed to watch two males jousting in the river for nearly two hours as the sun started to set and the fireflies by the hundreds began to emerge in the nearby trees lighting them up like Christmas trees. A phenomenal day that had everyone giving hi fives!

Lighting struck twice for us as we moved on to the Danum Valley conservation area where we happened upon another 40 plus heard of eles. Just to clarify, I never saw them on previous trips in either area and our driver (who drives the 2.5 hour track into the heart of the conservation area 3 times a day) hadn't seen elephants in over 3 months. This was after seeing 2 mother orangutans with their babies pass over us on the hike to explore the large Gomantong Cave. This was all topped of by a night walk spotting of the rare western tarsier something I'd never thought I'd actually see in my life. So we're all feeling like luck is on our side right now. Tomorrow I've arranged a special sunrise breakfast (4am departure time) at a stunning view point away from the lodge in order to watch the rain forest waking up and emerging from the sweeping mists to begin another day. Wish us (more) luck and I'll try and get in touch again with another update. We've already seen so much and still have 3 more nights to explore this beautiful forest. Then off to dive Sipadan Island... On of the best spots on our Borneo tours.

Keeping it wild,

Jeff Stivers
Meet the Borneo Program Director


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    Jonathan Burnham Thursday, 18 October 2012

    I am very jealous of your adventures in beautiful ...

    I am very jealous of your adventures in beautiful Borneo! Can't wait to hear more about and see all of your photos.

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    Kurt Kutay Thursday, 18 October 2012

    Really incredible sightings!! Just this morning th...

    Really incredible sightings!! Just this morning the TODAY show did a great expose on the deforestation in Sumatra and conservation efforts to preserve more rainforest and organutan habitat.

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    Tiny Girl with Big Bag Friday, 23 November 2012

    So lucky you are! Thanks for sharing the pics :)

    So lucky you are! Thanks for sharing the pics :)

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