Christy and John's Travels travel blog


Proboscis Monkeys

Heading Upriver in Jungle

Local Flora (and non-local Fauna)


Heading Back to Camp

A two hour drive and 30 minute boat ride took us to the Kinabatangan Jungle Camp, where we'd booked a few nights stay. Our trip was off to a good start as we spotted an otter in the river on the drive to the boat jetty.

The room was basic, but had a fan to help us cope with the heat. While here we took 3 boat trips during the day, and 2 at night. We saw tons of critters here! Here goes the list: troop after troop of long-tailed macaques and probiscus monkeys, crocodiles, wild pigs, monitor lizards, eagles, mangrove snakes, pythons, rats, more otters, kingfishers, owls, hornbills, broadbills, a langur, flying lemur, flathead cat and civit (all at night), orangutan and her baby (we saw another in silhouette)! We don't mention the bugs, but there were plenty (mostly cicadas, moths, butterflies, ants, beetles and even a scorpion).

Excellent few days of critters and it was so nice to do this from the relative comfort of a boat (much less hot & sticky). Christy did get a nasty bite from some bug on one of the night boat trips. Because it was the most painful bite ever, she's convinced herself, and John encouraged the paranoia, that something has laid eggs under her skin and any day an alien being is going to come out of her shoulder. We'll keep you posted...

The sad side of our visit was seeing how much of the forest is gone. On our bus rides to/from KK, all we saw for mile after mile, were palm plantations. Even in the protected areas along the Kinabatangan river, often we could see that the strip of forest was very narrow (as little as 10 feet or so) in some areas, with endless palm plantations encroaching beyond. Malaysia has had huge economic growth and success. The price of this has clearly been paid with heavy development of the land. We hope that recent regulations and protection of park lands will help to protect and sustain the orangutan and other endangered and unique Bornean species. At Sepilok, we learned that if current rates of deforestation continue, it's estimated the orangutan will be extinct within 10 years. We can only hope this doesn't happen.

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