Borneo Sun Bears

Sun Bear in Borneo. © Expedition Leader Brad Josephs

In the emerald depths of the world’s tallest rain forest on the Pacific island of Borneo, life flourishes. The dense jungle canopy shelters a host of wild animals that leap, dart and crawl among the leafy trees that fringe rivers and waterfalls. Hidden among Borneo’s mysterious ancient rain forests are magical wildlife such as orangutans, sea eagles, clouded leopards, pygmy elephants and endangered sea turtles.

Located in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago, Borneo is the world’s third largest island, the largest island in Asia, and one of the last true nature paradise destinations in the world.

Here are a few of our favorite charismatic, oft endangered creatures of Borneo:

Proboscis Monkeys

The rare proboscis monkeys are at home in Borneo’s coastal mangroves, where hornbills and sea eagles soar above.

Proboscis Monkey, Image credit: Natural Habitat Adventures

Proboscis Monkey in Bako National Park, Borneo. © Expedition Leader Brad Josephs

Borneo Pygmy Elephants

Scout for the super cute pygmy elephants swimming and playing in the Kinabatangan River.

Bornean Pigmy Elephants, Kinabatangan River, Borneo.

Bornean Pygmy Elephants at the Kinabatangan River in Borneo. © Expedition Leader Brad Josephs

Endangered Sea Turtles

Take a boat ride to uninhabited Selingan Turtle Island along the Malaysian and Philippine boundary in the Sulu Sea to see endangered sea turtles in one of the three main turtle nesting sites in Borneo.

Endangered Green Sea Turtles, Selingan Island

Endangered Green Sea Turtles, Selingan Island. © Expedition Leader Brad Josephs

Bornean Orangutan

Endangered orangutans thrive in the lush vegetation of Borneo, sharing branches and vines with leaf monkeys, wild gibbons, flying lemurs and more than 300 vibrant bird species.

Bornean Orangutan, Image credit: Gavin Lautenbach, Natural Habitat Adventures

Bornean Orangutan. © Gavin Lautenbach

The rugged, shockingly beautiful island of Borneo is a biodiversity epicenter and a key stronghold for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation efforts. Explore the best of wild Borneo while learning about WWF’s conservation work to protect these and other precious creatures with Natural Habitat Adventures.