Madagascar and Malaysian Borneo nature pictures go online

/ Rhett A. Butler

Yesterday I posted over 10,000 new photos I took during late 2012 in Madagascar and Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The pictures are available in the picture section of mongabay.com: travel.mongabay.com.


Coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) in Ankarafantsika, Madagascar

Yesterday I posted over 10,000 new photos I took during late 2012 in Madagascar and Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The pictures are available in the picture section of mongabay.com: travel.mongabay.com.

I spent most of October visiting the island of Madagascar, including the tropical forests of the eastern part of the island and the dry forests in the north and northwest. The trip included time on the Masoala Peninsula where I looked into the lingering effects of illegal rosewood logging which caused widespread damage to the region’s rainforests in 2009 and 2010 in the aftermath of a coup that displaced former president Marc Ravalomanana.

In November I was in Indonesia and Sabah, a state in Malaysian Borneo. In Malaysia, I had an opportunity to do a helicopter flyover of the Yayasan Sabah concession, a million hectare tract of land in the southern part of Sabah, as a follow up to my reporting on industrial logging in Malaysia. The concession is home to the only surviving primary lowland rainforest in Sabah as well as active logging concessions, industrial tree plantations, and oil palm estates. I also visited Danum Valley, a world-class research center; MESCOT, a community-managed ecotourism project on the legendary Kinabatangan river; and the Rainforest Discovery Center, the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, and the Sun Bear Conservation Center in Sandakan. Stories on this trip are forthcoming.


Maliau Falls in Sabah, Malaysia.

In December, Jeremy Hance, Mongabay.com’s senior writer took a trip to the Dominican Republic to look at efforts to conserve some of the Caribbean’s most endangered species. Several hundred photos taken by him and his wife Tiffany Roufs are also now available on Mongabay.com. Jeremy will be posting stories about this trip in coming months.

I’ve now posted about 100,000 of photos I’ve taken since launching Mongabay.com in 1999. Jeremy and Tiffany have more than 2,000 on the site.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

  • Boulders on a beach in Tampolo Marine Park on the Masoala Peninsula
  • Glowing red-orange fungi in Madagascar
  • Madagascar Night Snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus)
  • Madagascar kingfisher
  • Tampolo Marine Park
  • Male black lemur
  • Female black lemur
  • Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis)
  • Elephant-eared chameleon (Calumma brevicornis)
  • Parson's chameleon
  • Heterixalus punctatus frog
  • Mossy leaf-tail gecko
  • Parson's chameleon
  • Eastern lesser bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus)
  • Parson's chameleon
  • Black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata)
  • Tree fern in Madagascar
  • Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)
  • Madagascar Nightjar (Caprimulgus madagascariensis)
  • Female Madagascar paradise flycatcher
  • Orange Bracket fungus in Madagascar
  • Diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema)
  • Brown mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus)
  • Mossy leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)
  • Green Parson's chameleon
  • Common tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus) bearing its fangs
  • Aye-aye feeding on a coconut
  • Black-and-white Varecia lemur

  • Tanager
  • Tanager
  • Danum Valley canopy walkway
  • Canopy tree
  • Rhacophorus pardalis tree frog
  • Rhacophorus dulitensi tree frog
  • Jewel beetle
  • Purple and orange planthopper
  • Borneo rainforest
  • Horned Forest Dragon
  • Mating stick insects
  • Proboscis monkey jumping
  • Lodging at the Tungog Rainforest Eco-Camp
  • Orange plathopper
  • Oxbow lake in Borneo
  • Borneo rainforest
  • Rainbow over the Borneo rainforest
  • Sleeping forest dragon
  • Glowing fungi
  • Butterfly
  • Mating frogs
  • Borneo orangutan at Sepilok Rehabilitation Center
  • Kelumpang Sarawak (Sterculia megistophylla)
  • Lower Kinabatangan River
  • Beaches, coral reefs, and rainforests off Borneo
  • Remote tropical beach on Pulau Gaya
  • Borneo rainforest river
  • Rainforest in Borneo
  • Rainforest in Borneo
  • Rainforest in Borneo
  • Rainforest in Borneo
  • Rainforest in Borneo
  • Logging road in Borneo
  • Rainforest in Borneo
  • Forest and oil palm plantations in Borneo
  • Bulldozer at a conventional logging site in Borneo
  • Bulldozer at a conventional logging site in Borneo
  • Industrial logging in Malaysian Borneo
  • Tropical forest in Borneo
  • Maliau Falls
  • Maliau Falls
  • Maliau Falls
  • River muddied by upstream deforestation
  • Borneo rainforest
  • Logging operation in Borneo
  • Waterfall in Imbak Canyon
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Timber plantation next to an oil palm plantation
  • Oil palm estate and rainforest in Malaysian Borneo
  • Kinabatangan River

  • Unique architecture in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Windfarm in the Pedernales Peninsula, Dominican Republic.
  • Flora of the Dominican Republic.
  • A snail near Pedernales, Dominican Republic.
  • A tarantula on a road near Pedernales, Dominican Republic.
  • A Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus) with grass seeds on its face near Pedernales, Dominican Republic.
  • A gecko in Pedernales, Dominican Republic.
  • A broad-billed Tody (Todus subulatus) near Pedernales, Dominican Republic.
  • A child from the village of Mencia in the Pedernales Province of the Dominican Republic.

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