Category Archives: Rainforest Fauna

The 12 days of Christmas (through the medium of camera-trapping)

It’s about time I shared some more of the many thousands of camera trap images  (682,566 and counting…) we’ve accumulated over the course of the last few years’ fieldwork. And given the festive timing, I thought it appropriate to hijack a … Continue reading

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“The oldest rainforest in the world” and other tall tales

My PhD fieldwork in Borneo has come full circle, though not through design. My first few months included Christmas in Singapore and New Year’s at the top of a granite slab they call Kinabalu. Since then, I’ve managed to get … Continue reading

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Trying to find one of the rarest cats in existence

I remember my first wild cat capture. It was early 2011 and I’d already been camera-trapping for a couple of months in various sites by this point. I’d just had a tough few days collecting in cameras and was perched … Continue reading

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Go forth and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth

So the forest clearance looks set to begin. A huge area has been cleared in the south of the Obah Suluk estate within Kalabakan Forest Reserve, the logging camp has been built, the saw mill is finished and a veritable … Continue reading

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City-wallah

Over the last couple of months I’ve been based in the UK, putting my jungle-wallah ways on pause. It’s been a really productive period: I’ve been sorting equipment (broken cameras!), catching up on meetings (including giving my PhD upgrade presentation!), … Continue reading

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There’s no wow in Tawau

It’s been quite a few months since my last post – my apologies. I always said I’d blog when I had that rare combination of internet access + time (+ inspiration) and the first half of 2011 has been busier … Continue reading

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Leeches don’t suck

Far too much has been written on leeches. I don’t mean scientifically. I mean sensationalist scare-mongering. It’s all over the internet. Truth is, leeches really aren’t a big nuisance. I’d take them any day over a tsetse fly (infuriatingly persistent) or a horse-fly … Continue reading

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Team Tikus

In the week before Christmas, I assembled a crack team (see below) of chain-smoking, parang-wielding Research Assistants to help me cut and mark my trail system. It went surprisingly well, if exhausting. My parang (curved machete) skills are improving and … Continue reading

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