Wildlife of Sabah, Borneo


Earlier this year in April I had a chance to travel to Borneo for the first time. This vast tropical island has changed immensely over the last few decades and not in all aspects for the better. It still provides a lot of opportunities for nature & wildlife (eco)tourism.

I was lucky enough to witness some incredible moments in Sepilok Wildlife Sanctuary and in areas surrounding the Kinabatangan River. These are the photos I liked the most.

Stork-billed Kingfisher, Sabah, Borneo (picture taken near Sepilok)

Orangutan mum with baby relaxing in the treetops in Sepilok's Orangutan Sanctuary

Playtime in the treetops (Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary)

Malayan Sun Bear, the smallest bear in the world faces extinction (photo taken in Sepilok)

It is lunch time for this young orangutan (Sepilok Sanctuary)

Scarlet-rumped Trogon resting in the forest outside of Gomantong Caves

Black-and-yellow Broadbill sighting near Gomantong Caves

The vastness of the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo

Pygmy Elephants usually hide along the riverbanks in the morning

Borneo pygmy elephant, the world's smallest (Kinabatangan River)

Pygmy elephants usually live together in a herd

A baby Pygmy elephant running through the riverbanks to catch up with its herd

Oriental Pied Hornbill hiding in the treetops around the Kinabatangan River

Proboscis monkey adult male hiding himself from the scorching sun (Kinabatangan river)

Female Proboscis monkey taking care of its baby

Proboscis monkeys usually gather in the treetops late in the afternoon

It's easy to get confused after a long day,...

Huge young male Orangutan eating a favourite fruit along the riverbanks (Kinabatangan River)

Moonrise over the Kinabatangan riverbanks as our boat trip comes to an end.

3 Comments on “Wildlife of Sabah, Borneo

  1. Mooreyameen Mohamad

    Wow you managed to photography a baby pygmy elephant! They are famously hard to spot!

    1. jantakacs

      Thanks man, we were lucky to see the whole herd, around 30 elephants together with plenty of babies, but it is impossible to take a picture of them all. What a wonderful location is Kinabatangan overall.

  2. Hema

    These are lovely shots, thank you for sharing these

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