Located on the northern tip of Borneo, where a wild jungle meets a crystalline sea full of life. Sabah is often referred to as the "Land Below The Wind", a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe lands south of the typhoon belt.
- The Jungle's Cathedral -
In the deep jungle of Borneo is very hard to miss the towering Menggaris tree (Koompassia excelsa). Menggaris is a majestic tall and straight tree which can easily exceed 60m in height and grows up to 88m, one of the tallest tree species in Borneo rainforest..
Walking among these trees seem to be in the aisle of a giant cathedral, the columns are massive trunks pointing straight to the sky, the tops blend together creating the vault of the cathedral through which the sunlight filtering creates lighting effects worthy the most complex rose window.
Kinabalu National Park - Sabah - Malaysia
- The "Man of the Forest" -
Orangutan (from the Malay phrase Orang Hutan, “man of the forest”) live in Southeast Asia, on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. 10,000 years ago, Orangutans ranged as far north as China, and as far south as Java in Indonesia. Now they are only present on the islands of Borneo (estimated population: 22,000) and Sumatra (estimated population: 5,000).
Kota Kinabalu - Sabah - Malaysia
November / December 2014
- The Jungle's Top -
The Orangutan is the largest tree-climbing animal in the world. It has evolved for life in the trees, with both hands and feet adapted for gripping branches. The greatest threat to Orangutans is habitat loss due to mechanised logging. Under ideal conditions, these solitary animals roam the forest in search of widely distributed food sources. The reduction of suitable habitats is forcing Orangutan populations into smaller areas, which cannot support them.
Kota Kinabalu - Sabah - Malaysia November / December 2014