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Wild Borneo: The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan Hardcover – 1 Jul 2006

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845373782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845373788
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 2 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Garbutt is an award-winning wildlife author and photographer. Nick regularly contributes articles and photographs to magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic, and Outdoor Photography. He is also a Special Lecturer in Wildlife Photography and Imaging at his old University in Nottingham. In 2000, Nick won the Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. J. Cede Prudente is a professional conservationist and photographer. Born in Lahad Datu, Cede's passion for nature began in 1990, leading tours to see the wildlife of Kinabatangan. His continuous support of nature conservation gave him the opportunity to lead Partners for Wetlands, a project initiated by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In May 2000, WWF-Netherlands and WWF-Malaysia conducted a joint Wildlife Photographic Exhibition showcasing his work.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wildlife Bookworm on 16 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
Essentially 'Wild Borneo' equates to an illustrated list of the plants and animals of the island and in which regions they are found. Although it is of course impossible to mention every species, the book does a good job of covering most groups in reasonable detail.

The book begins with a section on the various habitats on the island and the main floral components of each. The second section is by far the largest and features extensive chapters on all the animal groups in varying amounts of detail. The book concludes with several small sections on human impact and conservation.

The big disappointment of this book is in fact the photographs. Although they show good profiles of the animals, they rarely feature any behaviour or character so can end up being a bit dull. Furthermore most of the really unusual or interesting species are not featured and we have to make do with closely related species which are no doubt commoner and easier to photograph.

Although it can sometimes appear to be a cross between a tourist guide and a conservationists hymn sheet, it is well written and gives detailed info on a wide range of species. While it gives particular focus to high profile species such as the orangutan, it also does a great job of covering all forms of life on Borneo and is a great ambassador for rainforest conservation.

Overall I would say that this is a great book with which to learn about Borneo's natural world. However if you want mind-blowing photography look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tez on 3 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is easy to read with enough photos of the wildlife it describes.
The information provided for the ecosystems and wildlife is enough without unecessary details. That book is adequate to read before you visit Borneo so as to have fundamental knowledge of the places you visit and see.
Higly recommended for the wildlife traveller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. A. Rice on 30 May 2008
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Beautiful book, full of information and pictures. I bought this book for my daughter and she loves it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adrian davies on 14 Nov. 2014
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An excellent introduction with superb images!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
an excellent addition to an excellent series 30 Nov. 2006
By James L. Spingarn - Published on Amazon.com
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Nick Garbutt's "Wild Borneo: the Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan" is a wonderful addition to an existing seies for the lay reader and expert alike. This series, started by New Holland Press and continued by MIT, has volumes on "Wild ....." including Indonesia, India, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand. All were done a half dozen years ago or so. Thus this well-written and beautifully photographed book is most welcome. It is also reasonably priced for its intrinsic value. To underscore its importance, one need look no further than the name of the author of its preface, Sir David Attenborough. It covers Borneo's habitats, wildlife, people, The Heart of Borneo, fabled Mt. Kinabalu and ecotourism and conservation. Garbutt is also the author of the excellent and comprehensive "The Mammals of Madagascar."
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Pictures and Information 23 April 2008
By Roberta J. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book provides an excellent overview of what to expect in going to Borneo. The explantions are not lengthly where one gets tired of reading and the facts are written in a lively narative. Great for one who wants to see what this interesting island offers in all aspects of it's wildlife. Because of the size you probably won't have it in your luggage when you go, but great for researching before the trip and taking notes. Glad I have it!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 6 Mar. 2012
By Ryan S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author has spent some time researching and developing this beautiful book on Borneo. Borneo is truly a treasure that needs to be protected as well as the animals and (native) people living there. The pictures bring to life the amazing variety and aspects of animal life in Borneo and parts of Malaysia. Great book with great information.
Well Done 23 May 2014
By GM - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is extremely thorough. Just about any information one could want is contained here. I have only praise for the editors and others who produced this volume.
A great picture book for a mysterious area from which many of my plants originate 1 Jan. 2014
By rhodoguru - Published on Amazon.com
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Borneo or what is left of it is an area of intense diversity of both animals and plants. Reading this book will certainly enlighten everyone.
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