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