This week I decided to post a few pictures of the animals that live here in Borneo. This obviously isn't a definitive list! Just a few of my photos of some of those I have seen-I would love to be able to say I'd seen a pygmy elephant, a Whale Shark or Sumatran Rhino (All possibilities, but very rare) or even have photos of things I'd seen, but were camera shy- Gibbons, Crocs and Hornbills to name but a few.
So anyway- here goes my top ten list of Animal Favourites here in Borneo.
1. Orang Utan
It has to be number one doesn't it- They look so cute! Even though I have seen them in the wild, it's not really conducive to getting good shots as they tend to be at the top of a tree, hidden by foliage and a mile away from where you are- So these photos were taken at the three Sanctuaries/ rehabilitation centres that care for young Orang-utans and then release them back into the wild. Just look at those eyes! So cute, but still wild at heart :)
2. Proboscis Monkeys
Another true Borneo Experience- The Proboscis monkey. A very distinct looking fellow complete with orange jacket and large nose. These were taken alongside the Kinabatagan River and at the Klias wetlands, here in Sabah.
Not Brilliant photos- but it was very dark and the turtle had come to lay her eggs on the beach. The little ones were being released back to the sea after hatching at Turtle Island Park. The night I visited 64 little turtles were sent back to the sea. Very few, if any, are likely to survive- but we had our fingers crossed that some of these little ones do. There are 3 different species of turtles around here, Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill.
3 million bats at large! A truly strange phenomenon, most evenings there is a mass exodus of Wrinkled Lipped Bats, that fly out of the caves at Mulu National Park.
5. Monitor Lizards
I took this photo at Turtle Island, but it could be anyway around here. Although, this is the first time I've seen such a big one climbing trees! The lizards are one of the reasons the little turtle hatchlings don't survive the night!
More cute monkeys- Most of the monkeys we see are Long Tailed Macaques, and they do tend to be very cheeky:) They have a tendency to rummage through bins and bags if they get close enough. One such monkey had quite a feast on home made sweet mince pies, whilst I was having a dip in the sea!
Just a few snakes around and about- usually thin Vine Snakes or Mangrove Snakes. I'm just glad I have never come across anything bigger.
8. Frogs and Toads
These ones were found at Mulu- I called them the What What frogs as they made the exact same noise as someone saying, what, what, what? Very loudly! For something so small, they sure make a lot of noise!
Every size imaginable- from the tiniest speck of a Sugar Ant to a large inch long one- Ants just get everywhere!
9. Giant Snails
Again at Mulu- Two snails having a race up a tree! It'll take them an awfully long time to get back down again! These were about the length of my hand!
Ok I cheated, there's more than 10- but how do you distinguish this little lot? Bugs of all shapes and sizes- moths, beetles, Millipedes, spiders, Stick insects, Leaf insects and Praying Mantis.
There you go- a glimpse of my back yard critters- A bit different to the Rabbits and moles that I would get back in England:)
Until next time,