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INDONESIA | Tuesday, 24 February 2009 | Views [1624]

Coming home in the rain

Coming home in the rain

Why, with all of the difficulties and inconveniences – the heat and humidity, the leeches and ants, the food and our inconsiderate mates – why do we consider it an honor to be here?  Well, there are the bragging rights, of course.  “When we were in forests of Borneo….”  For some reason the most inhospitable places are the ones you are most proud of.  And where else could you see langurs, gibbons and orangutans all in the same day?  There are about 200 species of birds right here if you are so inclined, including nine kinds of hornbills.

An entomologist could spend an entire career here just identifying the bugs; it would take a month for the butterflies alone.  There are enough plant species to keep a bevy of botanists busy for a lifetime.  To be one of the few people in the world to see this is a privilege and to be a part of TNC’s effort to protect the forest is priceless.

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