Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Book Review: Wild Sabah

WILD Sabah provides brilliant insight into the natural world of Malaysian Borneo – from magnificent rainforests to the beautiful and wondrous creatures living in them.

The book opens with some history about Sabah, such as how it got its name, the land and climate, and landscapes which range from tropical rainforests to beaches and marshes. The book continues with some geology, telling you about rock types and formations in Sabah, Further on, you will learn about the trees and forests of Sabah and the logging industry; its local wildlife which includes orang utans, Borneo elephants and Sumatran rhinos; the local people and their culture and traditions; and the many regions in Sabah.

The author Junaidi Payne has lived in Sabah since 1979 and is considered one of the foremost authorities on the natural history and ecology of Sabah. Payne worked with the Sabah Forestry Department from 1979 to 1987, during which time he helped establish the Tabin and Kulamba Wildlife Reserves and was involved in the first state-wide survey of orang utans. From 1988 to 1998, he worked with the Tourism Ministry and Environment Development to establish more conservation areas, notably the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. He has written numerous books and scientific papers detailing the natural world.

The photographs in the book were taken by Cede Prudente. Born in Lahad Datu in Sabah, he has been involved in nature conservation since 1990, when he managed Sabah’s first wildlife lodge at Sukau on the Kinabatangan River. From 1998 until 2001, he managed the Partners for Wetlands project for World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia. His photographs have appeared in numerous books about nature.

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