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Malaysian Borneo

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Teeming with wildlife, the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo are some of the oldest in the world and contain a vast wealth of endemic species. Malaysian Borneo is home to the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, 10 species of primate including the Bornean Orang-utan and Proboscis Monkey, and more than 600 species  of birds, eight of them belonging to the hornbill family. Much of the natural habitat is at risk from intense logging, palm oil plantations and forest fires.



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Saving Kinabatangan: Race for Borneo

An opportunity to purchase and protect critically threatened rainforest habitat on the edge of a virgin jungle reserve has arisen, and the race is on for WLT to raise enough funds to have the land set aside for wildlife conservation. The properties now up for purchase are pieces of secondary forest important for connectivity between Pangi Virgin Jungle Reserve and the river, with potential to extend once this area is protected. 

WLT Patron Steve Backshall and his wife, Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover, pledged to help WLT raise £100,000 of the £250,000 target for the Saving Kinabatangan appeal by racing for Borneo in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, nicknamed ‘Canoeist’s Everest'. The race took place over Easter weekend 2017 and Steve and Helen have smashed their target, raising more than £150,000 towards the appeal.

Map of project areas in Malaysian Borneo

Projects in Malaysian Borneo

Borneo's Lowland Rainforests are some of the most highly biodiverse and critically threatened areas on the planet. The area's high level of endemism is partly due to its great variety of habitats. including swamp forests, limestone karst and mangroves. These rainforests are intensely logged for conversion to Oil Palm, leaving the region's spectacular species at severe risk of habitat loss or fragmentation.

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