We found around twenty orchid species on Baku with several in flower. These are two Cleisostoma species, Cleisostoma teretifolium growing in dry scrubby forest on a plateau at 100m altitude, and the very familiar Cleisostoma subulatum (we grow it at school) growing in coastal swamp forest. Also in swamp forest we found Pomatocalpa diffusum […]
A flying lemur of course! I have never seen a Colugo or Flying Lemur before but our guide, Mohamed, spotted this one asleep up a tree. It is a gliding animal closely related to primates and is about the size of a very large rabbit. Very large rabbits can’t fly or glide!
An animal we saw several times today was the bearded pig – or in this case a bearded pig and a stubbly piglet. They are found across Borneo but are persecuted by farmers and hunted outside the national parks. We have met Bornean Pit Vipers before (on Monday in fact) at Mulu and we found […]
We have come across some fantastic Nepenthes during our time at Baku. Fortunately for us, guide Mohammad specialises in pitcher plants so spotting, identifying and learning all about these extraordinary plants was very interesting. Nepenthes are a carnivorous genus of plants, luring in their prey by giving off a fragrance of rotten meat and having red […]
Today we travelled by boat, with our Orchid society Of Sarawak friends, to the the Bako National Park, a forested peninsular at the end of the Sarawak River. We waded ashore onto a deserted sandy beach and were immediately met by a Proboscis Monkey munching on leaves high up on the cliff. These very […]