flora and fauna of Borneo

I got in touch with our Bornean nature for a little while today when I visited the exhibition next to our hotel organised by the Sabah Forestry Department to coincide with their centennial celebration.

It was not a big exhibition but was informative and I was very impressed with their decorations and displays of plants and taxidermied animals (and we understood only then why it took them more than a week to get things set up in the huge tent with air-conditioning!). I could not go to the nature so the nature came to me all under one roof!

the fauna

this was what greeted us...

this was what greeted us…

another view of it

another view of it

closer view of the sambar deer

closer view of the sambar deer

Malayan sun bear they are seriously threatened by illegal poaching and loss of habitat due to deforestation

Malayan sun bear
they are seriously threatened by illegal poaching and loss of habitat due to deforestation

Borneo pygmy elephant these lovely animals are facing the same fate as the sun bears!

Borneo pygmy elephant
these lovely animals are facing the same fate as the sun bears!

there was the feathered friend, the hornbill too!

there was the feathered friend, the hornbill too!

whoa!  that is a huge python!

whoa! that is a huge python!

now comes the primates pig-tailed macaque

now comes the primates
pig-tailed macaque

red leaf monkey

red leaf monkey

the treasure of Borneo - the orang-utan / orang hutan / man of the forest they are endangered species! afraid this guy was not really good looking, and those fake teeth!

the treasure of Borneo – the orang-utan / orang hutan / man of the forest
they are endangered species!
afraid this guy was not really good looking, and those fake teeth!

he is accompanied by a monitor lizard

he is accompanied by a monitor lizard

the very interesting ant-eating pangolin

the very interesting ant-eating pangolin

the flora

lovely Borneo orchid

lovely Borneo orchid

delicate!

delicate!

another Borneo orchid - true beauty!

another Borneo orchid – true beauty!

exotic looking beehive ginger

exotic looking beehive ginger

beautiful!

beautiful!

oh look! there is a furry friend!

oh look! there is a furry friend!

honestly I have no idea what they are but I think they look sweet!

honestly I have no idea what they are but I think they look sweet!

another view of the sweet-looking plant

another view of the sweet-looking plant

beautiful flora and foliage

beautiful flora and foliage

I spotted something I really like, the nepenthes / pitcher plants / monkey cups!

I spotted something I really like, the nepenthes / pitcher plants / monkey cups!

they grow from the leaves, aren't they just  fascinating?

they grow from the leaves, aren’t they just fascinating?

these are the small ones

these are the small ones

another view...

another view…

there are the really tiny ones too!

there are the really tiny ones too!

Here are some extras… after the exhibition we visited other tents and spotted some local handicrafts
borneo handicrafts (1)

borneo handicrafts (2)

borneo handicrafts (3)

borneo handicrafts (4)

Proud to be a Sabahan!

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