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