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A Malagasy giant chameleon or Oustalets's chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti) hanging about the spiny gardens at Tsara Camp, Tsaranoro Valley, #Madagascar. This species is endemic to Madagascar where it occurs throughout most of the island, relatively abundant with a stable population. It was exciting to photograph and observe this highly adaptable species. #FTZMadagascar #wildtropics

A Malagasy giant chameleon or Oustalets's chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti) hanging about the spiny gardens at Tsara Camp, Tsaranoro Valley, #Madagascar. This species is endemic to Madagascar where it occurs throughout most of the island, relatively abundant with a stable population. It was exciting to photograph and observe this highly adaptable species. #FTZMadagascar #wildtropics

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At Tsara Camp

We were graced with this incredibly raw view of Tsaranoro Massif upon reaching the summit of Chameleon Rock. Many climbers every year rival these towering rock faces that were staring down at us, just looking at them made my knees weak. I spent a good while photographing all of the beautiful endemic flora that habituated this harsh landscape. Tsaranoro Valley, Madagascar. #FTZMadagascar

We were graced with this incredibly raw view of Tsaranoro Massif upon reaching the summit of Chameleon Rock. Many climbers every year rival these towering rock faces that were staring down at us, just looking at them made my knees weak. I spent a good while photographing all of the beautiful endemic flora that habituated this harsh landscape. Tsaranoro Valley, Madagascar. #FTZMadagascar

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At Massif de l'Andringitra - pic Bôby & Vallée de Tsaranoro Madagascar

An important element to embrace while traveling is the local people that you encounter. Throughout the whole of Madagascar we were spoilt with endless smiles, laughter and genuine inquisitiveness by the Malagasy people. Whenever the cameras came out the younger generations were all too willing to show off and break into dance. Their infectious smiles and warm welcomes were incredibly humbling. We came across this eclectic bunch of kids once we arrived into Tsaranoro Valley, and upon hearing our music in the van they instantly broke into a dance! #FTZMadagascar

An important element to embrace while traveling is the local people that you encounter. Throughout the whole of Madagascar we were spoilt with endless smiles, laughter and genuine inquisitiveness by the Malagasy people. Whenever the cameras came out the younger generations were all too willing to show off and break into dance. Their infectious smiles and warm welcomes were incredibly humbling. We came across this eclectic bunch of kids once we arrived into Tsaranoro Valley, and upon hearing our music in the van they instantly broke into a dance! #FTZMadagascar

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At Tsara Camp

No doubt the most iconic species from Madagascar, the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). This individual was found amongst a small troop whose home ranges throughout Sacred Forest in Tsaranoro Valley.

This species is endemic to southern and south-western Madagascar and is among some of the most adaptable lemur species occuring in a wide range of habitats, including the highlands. Despite this adaptability the ring-tailed lemur is listed as Endangered by the IUCN due to habitat destruction and hunting for the bush meat trade. This guy was extremely inquisitive as he jumped around this rock while we observed and photographed the troop. #FTZMadagascar #wildtropics

No doubt the most iconic species from Madagascar, the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). This individual was found amongst a small troop whose home ranges throughout Sacred Forest in Tsaranoro Valley.

This species is endemic to southern and south-western Madagascar and is among some of the most adaptable lemur species occuring in a wide range of habitats, including the highlands. Despite this adaptability the ring-tailed lemur is listed as Endangered by the IUCN due to habitat destruction and hunting for the bush meat trade. This guy was extremely inquisitive as he jumped around this rock while we observed and photographed the troop. #FTZMadagascar #wildtropics

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After spending a full day of exploring the rocky trails of Sacred Forest we climbed a large boulder that offered an incredible perspective of the entire Tsaranoro Valley. The clouds and shadows were constantly changing across these high peaks, which is the boundary of Andringitra National Park. An ever-changing sky atop of a dry landscape provides perfect photo opportunities. #FTZMadagascar

After spending a full day of exploring the rocky trails of Sacred Forest we climbed a large boulder that offered an incredible perspective of the entire Tsaranoro Valley. The clouds and shadows were constantly changing across these high peaks, which is the boundary of Andringitra National Park. An ever-changing sky atop of a dry landscape provides perfect photo opportunities. #FTZMadagascar

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At Massif de l'Andringitra - pic Bôby & Vallée de Tsaranoro Madagascar

The next installment from our #Madagascar trip will be from the Tsaranoro Valley, where we spent three glorious days exploring this dramatic rocky landscape. @theheardle attempting to photograph the sheer enormity of Tsaranoro Massif, a popular adventure climbing destination since the 1990s.

Said to be one of Madagascar’s most picturesque national parks where granite boulders litter the hillsides, sacred forests that fringe the base of towering peaks, primitive village life with smiling faces, incredible starry nights, and mixed with a dry landscape, the beauty of Tsaranoro Valley is immeasurable. We hiked through rocky escarpments in search of biodiversity and climbed rocky outcrops to be completely consumed by the breathtaking views of this inspiring part of the world. #FTZMadagascar

The next installment from our #Madagascar trip will be from the Tsaranoro Valley, where we spent three glorious days exploring this dramatic rocky landscape. @theheardle attempting to photograph the sheer enormity of Tsaranoro Massif, a popular adventure climbing destination since the 1990s.

Said to be one of Madagascar’s most picturesque national parks where granite boulders litter the hillsides, sacred forests that fringe the base of towering peaks, primitive village life with smiling faces, incredible starry nights, and mixed with a dry landscape, the beauty of Tsaranoro Valley is immeasurable. We hiked through rocky escarpments in search of biodiversity and climbed rocky outcrops to be completely consumed by the breathtaking views of this inspiring part of the world. #FTZMadagascar

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At Massif de l'Andringitra - pic Bôby & Vallée de Tsaranoro Madagascar

An incredible find during a nightwalk in Ranomafana National Park of this O'Shaughnessyi chameleon (Calumma oshaughnessyi), a large species of chameleon that is endemic to isolated pockets of humid primary forest in eastern and northern #Madagascar.

Madagascar is home to about half the world's 150 or so species of chameleons, ranging from small to mid-size reptiles that are famous for their ability to change colour. Contrary to popular belief, a chameleon typically does not change colours to match its surroundings. Instead, colour is usually used to convey emotions, defend territories, and communicate with mates.

A recent resumption of trade could pose a threat to local populations if collection is not properly managed. Currently classified as Near Threatened by the #IUCN. #wildtropics #FTZMadagascar

An incredible find during a nightwalk in Ranomafana National Park of this O'Shaughnessyi chameleon (Calumma oshaughnessyi), a large species of chameleon that is endemic to isolated pockets of humid primary forest in eastern and northern #Madagascar.

Madagascar is home to about half the world's 150 or so species of chameleons, ranging from small to mid-size reptiles that are famous for their ability to change colour. Contrary to popular belief, a chameleon typically does not change colours to match its surroundings. Instead, colour is usually used to convey emotions, defend territories, and communicate with mates.

A recent resumption of trade could pose a threat to local populations if collection is not properly managed. Currently classified as Near Threatened by the #IUCN. #wildtropics #FTZMadagascar

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At Ranomafana National Park

The Golden Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur aureus) is endemic to Madagascar and occurs in the south-eastern rainforests of Ranomafana National Park and Andringitra National Park.

This individual was photographed in Ranomafana NP that was opened in 1991 to protect this endangered lemur, as an estimation of only 630 individuals still remain in the wild. The population decline is predominantly due to hunting and ongoing habitat loss by slash-and-burn agriculture or the harvesting of bamboo, therefore justifying the Critically Endangered status by the #IUCN. This species is indeed one of the most endangered mammals in the world. #wildtropics #FTZMadagascar #bamboolemur

The Golden Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur aureus) is endemic to Madagascar and occurs in the south-eastern rainforests of Ranomafana National Park and Andringitra National Park.

This individual was photographed in Ranomafana NP that was opened in 1991 to protect this endangered lemur, as an estimation of only 630 individuals still remain in the wild. The population decline is predominantly due to hunting and ongoing habitat loss by slash-and-burn agriculture or the harvesting of bamboo, therefore justifying the Critically Endangered status by the #IUCN. This species is indeed one of the most endangered mammals in the world. #wildtropics #FTZMadagascar #bamboolemur

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At Ranomafana National Park

An incredible jaw-dropping view to complete what was a memorable day exploring Ranomafana National Park, #Madagascar. This is @abitosarah being stunted by the sheer enormity of this waterfall and soaking up the misty setting in all its glory! #FTZMadagascar

An incredible jaw-dropping view to complete what was a memorable day exploring Ranomafana National Park, #Madagascar. This is @abitosarah being stunted by the sheer enormity of this waterfall and soaking up the misty setting in all its glory! #FTZMadagascar

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At Ranomafana National Park

This is one of only two individuals of the Greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) within Ranomafana National Park. The habituation of wildlife in Madagascar was a stark contrast to the wildlife behaviour in Borneo, thus the photo opportunities were plentiful and encounters were more personable. This is the largest bamboo lemur and it's photographed here feeding, almost exclusively, on the bamboo species Cathariostachys madagascariensis - preferring the shoots but also eating the pith and leaves. The Greater bamboo lemur is threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging, mining, the cutting of bamboo, and hunting - based on these premises, the species is listed as Critically Endangered by the #IUCN. 🎋#FTZMadagascar #wildtropics

This is one of only two individuals of the Greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) within Ranomafana National Park. The habituation of wildlife in Madagascar was a stark contrast to the wildlife behaviour in Borneo, thus the photo opportunities were plentiful and encounters were more personable. This is the largest bamboo lemur and it's photographed here feeding, almost exclusively, on the bamboo species Cathariostachys madagascariensis - preferring the shoots but also eating the pith and leaves. The Greater bamboo lemur is threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging, mining, the cutting of bamboo, and hunting - based on these premises, the species is listed as Critically Endangered by the #IUCN. 🎋#FTZMadagascar #wildtropics

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At Ranomafana National Park

Last weekend was well spent exploring the cooler montane forests of Kinabalu National Park. With the many different forest types and dramatic vegetation changes as you climb in elevation doesn't leave you short of photo opportunities! 🍂🌿 #malaysiatrulyasia #Borneo

Featuring; @loweprobags Whistler BP 450AW
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Last weekend was well spent exploring the cooler montane forests of Kinabalu National Park. With the many different forest types and dramatic vegetation changes as you climb in elevation doesn't leave you short of photo opportunities! 🍂🌿 #malaysiatrulyasia #Borneo

Featuring; @loweprobags Whistler BP 450AW
📷// @theheardle

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At Mount Kinabalu

We were all too eager to get the head lamps and cameras out from the backpacks to try our luck with the herps in Ranomafana by night. Before too long as the eyes slowly adjusted, we had come across an incredible find of this mossy leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus sikorae). This endemic gecko is an arboreal species relying on their natural camouflage as they dwell among the trees of the Eastern and central tropical forests of Madagascar. Another stunning master of camouflage! 🦎 #wildtropics #mymadagascar

We were all too eager to get the head lamps and cameras out from the backpacks to try our luck with the herps in Ranomafana by night. Before too long as the eyes slowly adjusted, we had come across an incredible find of this mossy leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus sikorae). This endemic gecko is an arboreal species relying on their natural camouflage as they dwell among the trees of the Eastern and central tropical forests of Madagascar. Another stunning master of camouflage! 🦎 #wildtropics #mymadagascar

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At Ranomafana National Park

A master of camouflage; this male Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticas) was spotted by a keen eye lying motionless nearby the trail in Ranomafana National Park. We spent a good hour photographing the perfect subject that wasn't interested in venturing too far. A stunning example of the reptilian diversity in Madagascar. 🦎 #FTZMadagascar #wildtropics #getlostnow

A master of camouflage; this male Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticas) was spotted by a keen eye lying motionless nearby the trail in Ranomafana National Park. We spent a good hour photographing the perfect subject that wasn't interested in venturing too far. A stunning example of the reptilian diversity in Madagascar. 🦎 #FTZMadagascar #wildtropics #getlostnow

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At Ranomafana National Park

#FTZMadagascar - Our group trailing through Ranomafana National Park in search of rare lemurs, colourful chamelons, and funky looking geckos. There is something special about sharing new experiences together with close mates, from exploring new lands to soaking up immense natural beauty that you've only ever dreamed of. I’m very fortunate to have embarked on this inspiring adventure and urge each and every one of you to add Madagascar to your travel lists. #mymadagascar #wildtropics

#FTZMadagascar - Our group trailing through Ranomafana National Park in search of rare lemurs, colourful chamelons, and funky looking geckos. There is something special about sharing new experiences together with close mates, from exploring new lands to soaking up immense natural beauty that you've only ever dreamed of. I’m very fortunate to have embarked on this inspiring adventure and urge each and every one of you to add Madagascar to your travel lists. #mymadagascar #wildtropics

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At Ranomafana National Park

This is a pair of Milne-Edwards’ sifakas (Propithecus edwardsi) during the late afternoon of our first day in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.

Ranomafana (which means "hot water" in Malagasy) is doubtless one the most spectacular National Parks of Madagascar. Due to the maintained accessibility, great biodiversity including 12 lemur species, 115 species of birds and 62 species of reptiles found here, and developed infrastructures, it has become one of the most visited places of the island. Established in 1991 and part of the World Heritage Site Rainforests of the Atsinanana, Ranomafana expands over a mountainous terrain of 415 km² totally covered by dense moist primary and secondary forest at altitudes between 800m and 1200m. The park was sanctioned for the purpose of conserving the unique biodiversity and their habitats of the local ecosystem and reducing the human pressures on the protected area. 🌿#FTZMadagascar

This is a pair of Milne-Edwards’ sifakas (Propithecus edwardsi) during the late afternoon of our first day in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.

Ranomafana (which means "hot water" in Malagasy) is doubtless one the most spectacular National Parks of Madagascar. Due to the maintained accessibility, great biodiversity including 12 lemur species, 115 species of birds and 62 species of reptiles found here, and developed infrastructures, it has become one of the most visited places of the island. Established in 1991 and part of the World Heritage Site Rainforests of the Atsinanana, Ranomafana expands over a mountainous terrain of 415 km² totally covered by dense moist primary and secondary forest at altitudes between 800m and 1200m. The park was sanctioned for the purpose of conserving the unique biodiversity and their habitats of the local ecosystem and reducing the human pressures on the protected area. 🌿#FTZMadagascar

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At Ranomafana National Park

I’ve been off the radar for the past two months while I traveled throughout Madagascar and assisted with community projects in Central Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I gained a fair amount of new material and can’t wait to share some of my favourite edits and travel stories.

Over the next few weeks i’m going to showcase #FTZMadagascar photography which will include the incredible, mostly endemic wildlife, stunningly expansive landscapes, colourful cultural traditions, and the beautiful portraits of all the happy faces that call this wondrously diverse country home. Not to mention the non-stop adventures that were had with a close group of mates that had been counting down to this trip for over 5 years! Please join me on this journey and help to relive this inspiring trip of a lifetime.

The first installment will be featuring Ranomafana National Park which is one of the most picturesque parks we explored, including this magnificent view of a giant waterfall towering over @abitosarah @theheardle @_.nikle._ @dishplate @mattpeirce88. 🏞 #mymadagascar

I’ve been off the radar for the past two months while I traveled throughout Madagascar and assisted with community projects in Central Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I gained a fair amount of new material and can’t wait to share some of my favourite edits and travel stories.

Over the next few weeks i’m going to showcase #FTZMadagascar photography which will include the incredible, mostly endemic wildlife, stunningly expansive landscapes, colourful cultural traditions, and the beautiful portraits of all the happy faces that call this wondrously diverse country home. Not to mention the non-stop adventures that were had with a close group of mates that had been counting down to this trip for over 5 years! Please join me on this journey and help to relive this inspiring trip of a lifetime.

The first installment will be featuring Ranomafana National Park which is one of the most picturesque parks we explored, including this magnificent view of a giant waterfall towering over @abitosarah @theheardle @_.nikle._ @dishplate @mattpeirce88. 🏞 #mymadagascar

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At Ranomafana National Park

Back after a few days exploring the forests surrounding the Sayap Substation on the north-western foothills of Mount Kinabalu. The moistened submontane forest offers incredible biodiversity, especially for macro opportunities. Thanks to @chienleephotography for your knowledge, stories, and tips on photographing the amphibian diversity that we came across. This is a female mossy tree frog (Philautus macroscelis) found on a #nightwalk. 🐸 #wildtropics

Back after a few days exploring the forests surrounding the Sayap Substation on the north-western foothills of Mount Kinabalu. The moistened submontane forest offers incredible biodiversity, especially for macro opportunities. Thanks to @chienleephotography for your knowledge, stories, and tips on photographing the amphibian diversity that we came across. This is a female mossy tree frog (Philautus macroscelis) found on a #nightwalk. 🐸 #wildtropics

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At Kampung Sayap

I ventured over to Bali last weekend for a family get together and it exceeded all of my expectations. Apart from the immense amount of tourists that flood the little island for all sorts of fun, this natural wonder provided an alternative experience outside of the main townships. Tegenungan Waterfall just south of Ubud offered a misty plunge pool and a roaring cascade from the rain earlier. A must-see if ever in #Bali. 💦 #travelstoke #nature #falls

I ventured over to Bali last weekend for a family get together and it exceeded all of my expectations. Apart from the immense amount of tourists that flood the little island for all sorts of fun, this natural wonder provided an alternative experience outside of the main townships. Tegenungan Waterfall just south of Ubud offered a misty plunge pool and a roaring cascade from the rain earlier. A must-see if ever in #Bali. 💦 #travelstoke #nature #falls

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At Tegenungan Waterfall Gianyar

I'm still unsure how @charles808 moves through the forest so quickly with a massive 400mm lens, whilst not slipping over in the creek and maintaining a close-eye on wildlife? I guess this guy is pretty good at what he does, go check out his incredible feed! Sayap substation on the northern side of Kinabalu National Park definitely delivered the goods this weekend, it's the perfect getaway from the congested Kota Kinabalu. On trip with @stickyricetravel in Malaysian #Borneo. 🌿 #sharetravelpics

I'm still unsure how @charles808 moves through the forest so quickly with a massive 400mm lens, whilst not slipping over in the creek and maintaining a close-eye on wildlife? I guess this guy is pretty good at what he does, go check out his incredible feed! Sayap substation on the northern side of Kinabalu National Park definitely delivered the goods this weekend, it's the perfect getaway from the congested Kota Kinabalu. On trip with @stickyricetravel in Malaysian #Borneo. 🌿 #sharetravelpics

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At Kampung Sayap

#EndangeredSpeciesDay - 19th May - An adult female Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and her infant feeding along the Kinabatangan River during the late afternoon sunset in east Sabah | Malaysian Borneo, 2016
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After experiencing a full day of observing wild pygmy elephants we thought that there couldn’t possibly be anything more to top our luck. Although, during the long boat ride back down the river we came across two orange fur-balls passing through the treetops and feeding as they went, expressing a very inquisitive nature. It’s always such a pleasure to see orangutans in their natural habitat especially when this great ape is classified as ‘critically endangered’ by the #IUCN.
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These highly intelligent and charismatic creatures reside within tropical lowland and sub-montane forests within Borneo and Sumatra. Unfortunately their habitat is disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation from clearing of the land for pulp and oil palm plantations and conversion to agriculture. Human-wildlife conflicts such as poaching and the pet-trade also remain major threats. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the last protected areas that is safeguarding this sub-population’s lowland habitat. Thanks again to Osman's Homestay for putting us up and offering us some nice sights - @theheardle @fydlstks @abbslea . Can we go back already? #wildtropics #Borneo #1f4n #natgeotravelphoto

#EndangeredSpeciesDay - 19th May - An adult female Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and her infant feeding along the Kinabatangan River during the late afternoon sunset in east Sabah | Malaysian Borneo, 2016
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After experiencing a full day of observing wild pygmy elephants we thought that there couldn’t possibly be anything more to top our luck. Although, during the long boat ride back down the river we came across two orange fur-balls passing through the treetops and feeding as they went, expressing a very inquisitive nature. It’s always such a pleasure to see orangutans in their natural habitat especially when this great ape is classified as ‘critically endangered’ by the #IUCN.
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These highly intelligent and charismatic creatures reside within tropical lowland and sub-montane forests within Borneo and Sumatra. Unfortunately their habitat is disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation from clearing of the land for pulp and oil palm plantations and conversion to agriculture. Human-wildlife conflicts such as poaching and the pet-trade also remain major threats. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the last protected areas that is safeguarding this sub-population’s lowland habitat. Thanks again to Osman's Homestay for putting us up and offering us some nice sights - @theheardle @fydlstks @abbslea . Can we go back already? #wildtropics #Borneo #1f4n #natgeotravelphoto

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At Kinabatangan River

No matter how loud the hustle and bustle of Kota Kinabalu is, there are always weekends where you can escape and explore more peaceful sites. Local knowledge is golden for finding these hidden gems that aren't too far away - Sabah is teeming with them. 💦 #welcometonature #awakethesoul

No matter how loud the hustle and bustle of Kota Kinabalu is, there are always weekends where you can escape and explore more peaceful sites. Local knowledge is golden for finding these hidden gems that aren't too far away - Sabah is teeming with them. 💦 #welcometonature #awakethesoul

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At Tagal Tinopikon Park

A juvenile Sumatran pit-viper (Parias sumatranus) found in the lower foothills of Kinabalu National Park, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo
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This particular night walk has been one of my most memorable since moving to #Borneo. We were out exploring trails with a herpetologist and were specifically on the lookout for snakes, and not even 1 minute after finding an adult Sumatran pit-viper this juvenile crawled straight between @theheardle ’s legs. Gave quite a momentary scare, though following a closer look we could see the true beauty of this species. At night these snakes occupy 1-3m tall shrubs and trees on the hunt for small birds and mammals. They are found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and widely distributed throughout Borneo in forests below 750m ASL. #wildtropics
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A juvenile Sumatran pit-viper (Parias sumatranus) found in the lower foothills of Kinabalu National Park, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo
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This particular night walk has been one of my most memorable since moving to #Borneo. We were out exploring trails with a herpetologist and were specifically on the lookout for snakes, and not even 1 minute after finding an adult Sumatran pit-viper this juvenile crawled straight between @theheardle ’s legs. Gave quite a momentary scare, though following a closer look we could see the true beauty of this species. At night these snakes occupy 1-3m tall shrubs and trees on the hunt for small birds and mammals. They are found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and widely distributed throughout Borneo in forests below 750m ASL. #wildtropics
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#welcometonature #nature #wildlife #explore #travel #nightwalk #KNP #kinabalu #nationalpark #sumatranpitviper #pitviper #macro_brilliance #nature_brilliance #natgeotravelphoto #travelstoke #exploreborneo #stayborneo #SEasia #kkcity #thelensbible #visualsoflife #worldtravelpics #sharetravelpics #naturestories #allnatureshots #nature_perfection #snakes #worldtravelIG

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At National Kinabalu Park

Stumbling across hidden waterfalls with friends off the tourist trails, though very nearby to Kota Kinabalu. Local knowledge of an area is paramount in finding the best non-commercial natural wonders. Where are your plans to explore this weekend? 💦 #getlostnow #simplyadventure
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#travelmore #travelgram #adventure #nature #waterfall #travel #kkcity #placestogo #instago #explore #thelensbible #longexposure #longexposure_shots #staywild #travelstoke #stayandwander #goexplore #adventurevisuals #lifeofadventure #explorethebest #exploretocreate #exploremore #keepitwild #livelaughexplore

Stumbling across hidden waterfalls with friends off the tourist trails, though very nearby to Kota Kinabalu. Local knowledge of an area is paramount in finding the best non-commercial natural wonders. Where are your plans to explore this weekend? 💦 #getlostnow #simplyadventure
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#travelmore #travelgram #adventure #nature #waterfall #travel #kkcity #placestogo #instago #explore #thelensbible #longexposure #longexposure_shots #staywild #travelstoke #stayandwander #goexplore #adventurevisuals #lifeofadventure #explorethebest #exploretocreate #exploremore #keepitwild #livelaughexplore

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At Tagal Tinopikon Park

A Bornean striped palm civet (Arctogalidia stigmatica) found in a fruiting fig nearby camp in Poring, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo
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This arboreal species of civet is a common endemic to the island of Borneo and is nocturnal with an omnivorous diet. This individual was found every night hunting moths that were feeding all over this fruiting fig tree. They are solitary and known to range widely to find fruiting trees. The three palm civets are important seed dispersers in Borneo, especially for first-stage reforestation of forest gaps and degraded forest. #wildtropics #stayborneo #travelstoke
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A Bornean striped palm civet (Arctogalidia stigmatica) found in a fruiting fig nearby camp in Poring, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo
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This arboreal species of civet is a common endemic to the island of Borneo and is nocturnal with an omnivorous diet. This individual was found every night hunting moths that were feeding all over this fruiting fig tree. They are solitary and known to range widely to find fruiting trees. The three palm civets are important seed dispersers in Borneo, especially for first-stage reforestation of forest gaps and degraded forest. #wildtropics #stayborneo #travelstoke
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#mammal #civet #stripedpalmcivet #civet #endemic #wildlife #nature #adventure #travel #travelmore #simplyadventure #travelgram #omd #traveltheworld #worldtravelpics #instago #exploreborneo #igscwildlife #ic_animals #wildlife_perfection #exclusive_animals #majestic_wildlife #nature_perfection #capturethewild #in2nature

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Entering the Sungai Wain Protection Forest (Hutan Lindung Sungai Wain) outside of Balikpapan in East Kalimantan | Indonesian Borneo
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Prior to this boardwalk being built you had to trudge an hour through chest-deep swamp habitat to reach dry land, never really knowing what you were going to come across. Since having successful management of Sungai Wain from the Pro Natura Foundation, there has been huge potential for research, education and ecotourism. A vitally important lowland forest area not only for biodiversity but for the 25% of freshwater needs of the 700,000 people in Balikpapan City. 🌱🌰 #wildtropics
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Entering the Sungai Wain Protection Forest (Hutan Lindung Sungai Wain) outside of Balikpapan in East Kalimantan | Indonesian Borneo
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Prior to this boardwalk being built you had to trudge an hour through chest-deep swamp habitat to reach dry land, never really knowing what you were going to come across. Since having successful management of Sungai Wain from the Pro Natura Foundation, there has been huge potential for research, education and ecotourism. A vitally important lowland forest area not only for biodiversity but for the 25% of freshwater needs of the 700,000 people in Balikpapan City. 🌱🌰 #wildtropics
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#nature #travel #adventure #sungaiwain #forest #balikpapan #explore #exploremore #travelstoke #traveldeeper #simplyadventure #swamp #radtravel #travelgram #sharetravelpics #natgeoit #instago #worldtravelIG #travelseasia #wondermore #goexplore #staywild #getoutstayout #kalimantan #indonesia #borneo #exploretocreate #allnatureshots #adventurevisuals

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At Hutan Lindung Sungai Wain

An adult male Bornean pygmy elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) in a territorial stance along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo
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This particularly proud individual was in musth, which is a periodic condition in bull (male) elephants characterised by highly aggressive behaviour and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones. Testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be as much as 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times.
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Often, elephants in musth discharge a thick tar-like secretion called temporin from the temporal ducts on the sides of the head. There has been speculation that musth is connected to natural periodic reorganisation of dominance among males in elephant herds. All the more reason to maintain a safe distance between yourself and wildlife while observing these incredibly powerful creatures. 🐘
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#nature #travel #adventure #wildlife #elephant #kinabatanganriver #explore #exploremore #traveldeeper #simplyadventure #travelgram #sharetravelpics #natgeoit #travelseasia #goexplore #staywild  #theoutbound #capturethewild #thelensbible #borneo #exploretocreate #allnatureshots #adventurevisuals #1f4n #exclusive_animals #radtravel #travelstoke #worldtravelIG #instago #beautifulseasia

An adult male Bornean pygmy elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) in a territorial stance along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo
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This particularly proud individual was in musth, which is a periodic condition in bull (male) elephants characterised by highly aggressive behaviour and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones. Testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be as much as 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times.
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Often, elephants in musth discharge a thick tar-like secretion called temporin from the temporal ducts on the sides of the head. There has been speculation that musth is connected to natural periodic reorganisation of dominance among males in elephant herds. All the more reason to maintain a safe distance between yourself and wildlife while observing these incredibly powerful creatures. 🐘
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#nature #travel #adventure #wildlife #elephant #kinabatanganriver #explore #exploremore #traveldeeper #simplyadventure #travelgram #sharetravelpics #natgeoit #travelseasia #goexplore #staywild #theoutbound #capturethewild #thelensbible #borneo #exploretocreate #allnatureshots #adventurevisuals #1f4n #exclusive_animals #radtravel #travelstoke #worldtravelIG #instago #beautifulseasia

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At Kinabatangan River

There is nothing quite like finishing the long weekend with an incredible sky like this... Kota Kinabalu offers the goods once again. 🌅 #kkcity #sabahokbah

There is nothing quite like finishing the long weekend with an incredible sky like this... Kota Kinabalu offers the goods once again. 🌅 #kkcity #sabahokbah

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At Tanjung Aru Beach

Another shot of Bedu who is a young male approximately 7 years old, enjoying a sugar cane stick during afternoon enrichments at Kawasan Wisata Pendidikan Lingkungan Hidup (KWPLH), translating to Environmental Education and Recreation Facility or 'Sun Bear Centre', located 23km north of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan | Indonesian Borneo.
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Sun Bears (Helarctos malayanus) are the smallest bear species in the world and one of the least studied, and have been protected in Indonesia since 1973. Despite fairly good legal protection on paper, law enforcement in Indonesia is weak at its best. The Bornean lowland dipterocarp forests are extremely rich in biodiversity though sadly, these forests are rapidly being destroyed by the over-harvesting of trees, conversion to oil palm plantations, and forest fires. 🐻 #wildtropics

Another shot of Bedu who is a young male approximately 7 years old, enjoying a sugar cane stick during afternoon enrichments at Kawasan Wisata Pendidikan Lingkungan Hidup (KWPLH), translating to Environmental Education and Recreation Facility or 'Sun Bear Centre', located 23km north of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan | Indonesian Borneo.
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Sun Bears (Helarctos malayanus) are the smallest bear species in the world and one of the least studied, and have been protected in Indonesia since 1973. Despite fairly good legal protection on paper, law enforcement in Indonesia is weak at its best. The Bornean lowland dipterocarp forests are extremely rich in biodiversity though sadly, these forests are rapidly being destroyed by the over-harvesting of trees, conversion to oil palm plantations, and forest fires. 🐻 #wildtropics

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At RUMAH BERUANG KWPLH BALIKPAPAN

This past long weekend was well spent exploring hidden waterfalls and small villages with good company. We found refuge from the heatwave within the hinterland of Crocker Range NP, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo #beautifulseasia

This past long weekend was well spent exploring hidden waterfalls and small villages with good company. We found refuge from the heatwave within the hinterland of Crocker Range NP, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo #beautifulseasia

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A shot of myself photographing the endemic ‘Bandang’ lowland palm (Boorasodendron borneensis) along the trail to Camp Djamal in the Sungai Wain Protection Forest (SWPF) in East Kalimantan, Indonesian #Borneo.
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Walking through tropical lowland rainforest can not only be a sweaty ordeal but also a rewarding experience as you never know what you may come across. We were guided by our good friend, Gaby Fredriksson, who has spent over 20 years of forest protection work and studying sun bears within Sungai Wain. Her knowledge and wildlife stories had us bewildered for days and had made it clear that it’s not only about the fauna that makes a rainforest so diverse it’s the flora, as without trees there is no habitat and therefore no biodiversity. There are 50 tree species that are listed as ‘Endangered’ by the IUCN within SWPF and this Bandang is just one, where they continue to face impacts from large-scale forest fires and encroachment for agricultural purposes.
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Featuring; my trusted @loweprobags 450AW camera backpack which is also well suited to these tropical adventures and the sturdy @3leggedthing Brian Evo3 tripod which helps me snap sharp imagery in low-light environments. 📷| @theheardle

A shot of myself photographing the endemic ‘Bandang’ lowland palm (Boorasodendron borneensis) along the trail to Camp Djamal in the Sungai Wain Protection Forest (SWPF) in East Kalimantan, Indonesian #Borneo.
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Walking through tropical lowland rainforest can not only be a sweaty ordeal but also a rewarding experience as you never know what you may come across. We were guided by our good friend, Gaby Fredriksson, who has spent over 20 years of forest protection work and studying sun bears within Sungai Wain. Her knowledge and wildlife stories had us bewildered for days and had made it clear that it’s not only about the fauna that makes a rainforest so diverse it’s the flora, as without trees there is no habitat and therefore no biodiversity. There are 50 tree species that are listed as ‘Endangered’ by the IUCN within SWPF and this Bandang is just one, where they continue to face impacts from large-scale forest fires and encroachment for agricultural purposes.
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Featuring; my trusted @loweprobags 450AW camera backpack which is also well suited to these tropical adventures and the sturdy @3leggedthing Brian Evo3 tripod which helps me snap sharp imagery in low-light environments. 📷| @theheardle

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At Hutan Lindung Sungai Wain

Whenever I come across sizeable trees like this strangler fig (Ficus sp.) throughout tropical rainforests I am often so in awe of the incredible grandeur they maintain for many years. With torrential downpours quite predominant in this landscape the forest floor is often blanketed in a fresh coat of moisture and offers the perfect conditions to photograph these quietly persisting giants. Sights like this give renewed perspective of life in the natural world. 🌿 #wildtropics #natureshots #radtravel #traveldeeper

Whenever I come across sizeable trees like this strangler fig (Ficus sp.) throughout tropical rainforests I am often so in awe of the incredible grandeur they maintain for many years. With torrential downpours quite predominant in this landscape the forest floor is often blanketed in a fresh coat of moisture and offers the perfect conditions to photograph these quietly persisting giants. Sights like this give renewed perspective of life in the natural world. 🌿 #wildtropics #natureshots #radtravel #traveldeeper

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At Maliau Basin - Sabah's Lost World

This is a male green crested lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) who was soaking up the sunlight high up in the trees sitting just off the treehouse balcony, southern Kinabalu National Park, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo
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This beautiful reptile is endemic and quite widely distributed throughout Southeast Asia and can change to a much darker colour from brown to black when threatened. I got to witness this when we found one in the forest where we attempted to take photographs, and following it cornering itself - it looked like a completely different lizard. Amazing adaptation! #wildtropics #herpsofinstagram #herping

This is a male green crested lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) who was soaking up the sunlight high up in the trees sitting just off the treehouse balcony, southern Kinabalu National Park, Sabah | Malaysian Borneo
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This beautiful reptile is endemic and quite widely distributed throughout Southeast Asia and can change to a much darker colour from brown to black when threatened. I got to witness this when we found one in the forest where we attempted to take photographs, and following it cornering itself - it looked like a completely different lizard. Amazing adaptation! #wildtropics #herpsofinstagram #herping

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Waking up to the sounds of the nearby cascading stream in the early hours of the morning whilst stillness in the air and low-set clouds surrounding our camp prevailed, gave a sense of feeling so removed from the outside world. We were nestled at the Sayap substation amongst unscathed submontane rainforest of Kinabalu National Park - on trip with @stickyricetravel. 🌿 #exploretocreate

Waking up to the sounds of the nearby cascading stream in the early hours of the morning whilst stillness in the air and low-set clouds surrounding our camp prevailed, gave a sense of feeling so removed from the outside world. We were nestled at the Sayap substation amongst unscathed submontane rainforest of Kinabalu National Park - on trip with @stickyricetravel. 🌿 #exploretocreate

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At Kg. Sayap