Borneo (and a quick stop in Singapore) 2018 - 2katibahs
Borneo (and a quick stop in Singapore) 2018
Rob and I traveled to Malaysian Borneo in early summer, 2018, with our friend Roy Toft and 7 other intrepid photographers (otherwise known as the "A" team). Our purpose was to visit this incredibly biodiverse island to see if it is a destination for future Toft Photo Safaris trips. We quickly decided that it was not an ideal place for a photo safari for anyone other than the heartiest of clients. It is hot, steamy, and remote with challenging hikes in rain forests full of leeches. The animal subjects were often difficult to find, and the darkness of the rain forest made for some very challenging photography. Having said all of that, we had a wonderful trip. The group was fantastic (we aren't the "A" team for nothing!), our guides Chien Lee and Charlie Ryan were the best, our accommodations (with the exception of Bako NP) were very nice, and the Malaysian people were some of the nicest and loveliest people I have had the opportunity to visit. We worked hard and were rewarded with numerous opportunities to photograph proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, and orangutan. The birds were beautiful if sometimes hard to find, and the frogs, reptiles, and insects on the night walks were amazing. I am so happy that I went on this trip. The biodiversity of Borneo is critically threatened with habitat loss, mainly from the continued deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations. It is easy to see the amount of environmental alteration when flying into or driving through Borneo. The preserves and parks we visited are precious remnants of these incredible ecosystems and absolutely must be preserved. Hopefully, ecotourism and scientific study will help to convince people of the value of these places before it is too late.