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When: Feb 24, 2016 12:00 AM to Mar 10, 2016 12:00 AM
Dan van den Broek

Feb. 24 - Mar. 10, 2016 | Explore the world’s third largest island and many of the unique habitats on this 15-day adventure through the Malaysian state of Sabah.

February 24 - March 10, 2016

Borneo, a land of rugged mountains, ancient people, and dense jungles teeming with wildlife and birds that defy the imagination … Explore the world’s third largest island and many of the unique habitats on this 15-day adventure through the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Bornean Bristlehead - Charles Ryan
Bornean Bristlehead - Charles Ryan

Destinations and Birds

The first two nights of the trip will be in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, exploring and birding this interesting city as we adjust to the new time zone and culture. From there we head directly to Mt. Kinabalu, where we will bird the flanks of the highest peak in Southeast Asia in search of species such as the Whitehead's Trogon, Gray-throated Minivet, Indigo Flycatcher, and perhaps even the rare Crimson-headed Partridge. From here we travel to Sepilok, where we'll visit the Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Center, famous for its canopy towers and walkways that offer premier birding opportunities and views of the tree tops in the otherwise dense rainforest. This region is known as a birding hotspot and is perhaps the best location to spot the Bornean Bristlehead, one of the most sought-after of Borneo's endemics.

Orangutan - Charles Ryan
Orangutan - Charles Ryan

Next it's off to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, where more than birds await our group of intrepid travelers. This region along the Kinabatangan River is the home of the strange Proboscis Monkey, a rare species of primate found only in Borneo, and the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, whose mysterious origins are still in debate. The fascinating birdlife of this region will not disappoint! Many beautiful species await our discovery, including the Hooded Pitta, Rhinoceros Hornbill, and Blue-eared Kingfisher, just to name a few. Lastly we'll venture into the Danum Valley, and stay at the comfortable Borneo Rainforest Lodge where a vast tract of lowland rainforest is home to the legendary "man of the Forest," the Orangutan. Sightings of this massive primate are all but guaranteed, but not so for the other mammals such as the Palm Civet, Slow Loris and strange and bug-eyed Western Tarsier. Before leaving Borneo, we'll have three days to bird this fantastically rich area, as we search for Sooty-capped Babblers, Purple-naped Sunbirds, Long-billed Spiderhunters, and a multitude of other avian denizens of Borneo's glorious rainforest.

After one last night in the town of Kota Kinabalu to catch our breath, re-pack our gear, and enjoy our camaraderie over dinner, we'll fly home with enough memories of this magical island to last a lifetime.

Registration Details

Contact Dan van den Broek at 971-222-6105 or dvandenbroek@audubonportland.org to sign up or if you have further questions.

Leaders: Dan van den Broek, Tim Donner & local guides
$6,795 members / $7,095 non-members
: $3,400 required to secure your place
Group Size
: 14 participants + leaders

Fee includes: All ground transportation, all double-occupancy lodging, all meals except some dinners, local guide fees and gratuities, fees for all planned excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. Not included: Airfare to & from Borneo and some dinners. Remember, a portion of your fee is a tax-deductible donation to the Audubon Society of Portland.

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