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Stories from my journeys around the world…

Dreaming of Borneo

Posted by Monica Johansen on April 6, 2009

If only there was a cure to adventurousness and restlessness…

Baby Orangutan

Baby Orangutan

It is getting closer to Easter, and my Australian friend Shane arrived in Singapore on Saturday and will be spending a couple of weeks in Southeast Asia on holiday. This week I will be working as normal, and Shane will be spending some time visiting his Singaporean colleagues and customers. However, next week I have taken out leave, and I have arranged for a trip to one of the islands of my dreams, a large island in the South Pacific called Borneo.

Borneo consists of three different states, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The majority of the island belongs to Indonesia, and the smallest territory is Brunei which is located in the north and surrounded by the Malaysian territory. The northeastern part of the Malaysian territory is the location of the fourth highest peak in Southeast Asia, namely Mount Kinabalu, ranging 4,095 meters above sea level.

Mount Kinabalu is well-known for its tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity, and many species are found only within Kinabalu Park and nowhere else in the world. Naturally, this makes the island a paradise for a hobby biologist like me. Another fascinating attraction on the island is the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where young, orphaned and captured orangutans are rehabilitated before being released back into the wilds. The sanctuary consists of 43 square meters of protected rainforest at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, and it is the world’s largest orangutan centre. Here visitors have the opportunity to watch these amazing animals up close in their natural habitat and to interact with them.

I have always wanted to see the orangutans of Borneo, and it is only 5 days left before Shane and I fly over to the island of paradise.


3 Responses to “Dreaming of Borneo”

  1. Nina said

    Jeg vil være med!

    God Påske 🙂

  2. Nina said

    Jeg vil være med!

    God Påske Monica 🙂

  3. Judy said

    We are visiting Singapore next week and would like to catch up. Is it possible? Please email back at home as yours doesn’t work anymore.

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