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!
this was what greeted us…
another view of it
closer view of the sambar deer
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!
there was the feathered friend, the hornbill too!
whoa! that is a huge python!
now comes the primates
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!
he is accompanied by a monitor lizard
the very interesting ant-eating pangolin
lovely Borneo orchid
another Borneo orchid – true beauty!
exotic looking beehive ginger
oh look! there is a furry friend!
honestly I have no idea what they are but I think they look sweet!
another view of the sweet-looking plant
beautiful flora and foliage
I spotted something I really like, the nepenthes / pitcher plants / monkey cups!
they grow from the leaves, aren’t they just fascinating?
these are the small ones
there are the really tiny ones too!
Here are some extras… after the exhibition we visited other tents and spotted some local handicrafts
Proud to be a Sabahan!