Borneo – Back to the roots

Snake whisperer

I was very lucky to join my dear friend Johannes Penner, an internationally renowned herpetologist, on a trip into the jungles of Borneo. He was leading an excursion of students studying at the University of Freiburg, on behalf of the Institution for Wildlife Ecology and Management. As I am a tropical ecologist by education myself, this was kind of a trip back to my own roots… spending days and nights in the humid forests and never knowing what to expect is an experience beyond words. Thirty hours of flight and travel by minibus and boat gave us plenty of time to imagine all kinds of situations – would we encounter elephants? A cobra? An orang utan?

Almost there…

Taxi, plane, 4×4, boat

After 4 flights, 5 airports and many many hours in the air we arrived in Borneo. But still, we had not yet reached our destination, the Danau Girang Field Centre at the Kinabatangan River. We first had to take a ride for 2 hours in a minibus and 1 hour in a boat… Borneo welcomed us with a brief, but heavy tropical thunderstorm!

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