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An Excursion In Borneo

March 31, 2013

The Island of Borneo is an ecological paradise, full of wildlife and interesting things to do. We went to the Sukau River in the far north east state of Sabbah, to see the famous proboscis, or long – nosed monkeys.We stayed over night in a lodge on the river, surrounded by swampy forest. Late in the afternoon. we went for an excursion in a large flat bottom boat looking for the pygmy elephants which inhabit this area but unfortunately only found their foot prints. When we came close to the shore we saw dozens of macaque monkeys, and then eventually saw the proboscis monkeys with their distinctive flat noses. Apparently they are hard to find so we were thrilled to see some. Writing this blog makes me want to go back again and stay longer. One night wasn’t long enough.IMG_0801.jpeg.scaled.1000The lodge where we stayed.

IMG_0810.jpeg.scaled.1000Dense jungle – home to over 200 species of birds, 27 species of bats, and who knows what else!

IMG_0816.jpeg.scaled.1000There are homes dotted along the edge of the river.

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IMG_0813.jpeg.scaled.1000An oriental pied hornbill.

IMG_0862.jpeg.scaled.1000 I don’t know the name of this bird.

IMG_0885.jpeg.scaled.1000 A macaque monkey.

IMG_1026.jpeg.scaled.1000 First sighting of a proboscis monkey.

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The sunsets were like this every night.

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