Wildlife Photographer Craig Jones: In His Own Words

Bio: Craig Jones One of Britain’s finest wildlife photographers, Craig Jones is also one of the most humble and down-to-earth guys you will ever meet. His photography and stories capture the lives of endangered rainforest animals that we hold so dearly to our hearts: Sumatran orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, Siamangs and more. His workContinue reading “Wildlife Photographer Craig Jones: In His Own Words”

Eyewitness by Craig Jones: A mother and baby orangutan are rescued from an RSPO palm oil plantation in Sumatra

Bio: Craig Jones One of Britain’s finest wildlife photographers, Craig Jones is also one of the most humble and down-to-earth guys you will ever meet. His photography and stories capture the lives of endangered rainforest animals that we hold so dearly to our hearts: Sumatran orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, Siamangs and more. His workContinue reading “Eyewitness by Craig Jones: A mother and baby orangutan are rescued from an RSPO palm oil plantation in Sumatra”

Dusky Langur Trachypithecus obscurus

Dusky Langur Trachypithecus obscurus Endangered Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand Hunting for food is a major threat, as is fragmentation, habitat loss and degradation due to expanding oil palm plantations, agriculture, urbanization, and touristic development (Groves et al. 2013). In Peninsular Malaysia the langurs are frequent victims of road-kill (Boonratana 2003). IUCN Red list Playful, gregarious andContinue reading “Dusky Langur Trachypithecus obscurus”

The Stealth and Beauty of the Clouded Leopard

Every so often here at The Nature Nook, we’ll be posting pictures of animals to see if readers can guess what they are before the answer is revealed below. Our first What Animal Is It? is the clouded leopard, in recognition of the fact that today, August 4, is International Clouded Leopard Day. Found inContinue reading “The Stealth and Beauty of the Clouded Leopard”

Kloss’s Gibbon Hylobates klossii

Kloss’s Gibbon Hylobates klossii Endangered Mentawai Islands, Indonesia The Kloss’s Gibbon belongs to the genus Hylobates. The word Hylobates means ‘Forest Walker’ in Greek. The gibbons in this genus are known for the white circle of fur around their faces. They are known to communicate in species-specific song when defining territory or attracting mates. TheyContinue reading “Kloss’s Gibbon Hylobates klossii”

Wild Water Buffalo Bubalus arnee

Wild Water Buffalo Bubalus arnee Endangered India, Nepal, all South East Asia The Wild Water Buffalo is very dependent on the availability of water and historically their preferred habitats were low-lying alluvial grasslands including bheels (ox-bow lakes and similar pools left by changing river courses) and their surrounds; river banks, and chaporis (small sandy islandsContinue reading “Wild Water Buffalo Bubalus arnee”

Sipora Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sipora

Sipora Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sipora Endangered Indonesia (Sumatra) The world’s gliding mammals are an extraordinary group of animals that have the ability to glide from tree to tree with seemingly effortless grace. There are more than 60 species of gliding mammals including the flying squirrels from Europe and North America, the scaly-tailed flying squirrels from central Africa and the gliding possumsContinue reading “Sipora Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sipora”

Siberut Flying Squirrel Petinomys lugens

Siberut Flying Squirrel Petinomys lugens Vulnerable Sumatra, Indonesia The Siberut Flying Squirrel is assessed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is 11,040 km2, it is known from only three islands of the Mentawai Archipelago and there is continuing decline in quality and extent of habitat. This remarkable species of gliding squirrel is restricted toContinue reading “Siberut Flying Squirrel Petinomys lugens”

Mentawi Flying Squirrel Iomys sipora

Mentawi Flying Squirrel Iomys sipora Endangered Indonesia (Sumatera) The world’s gliding mammals are an extraordinary group of animals that have the ability to glide from tree to tree with seemingly effortless grace. There are more than 60 species of gliding mammals including the flying squirrels from Europe and North America, the scaly-tailed flying squirrels from central Africa and the gliding possumsContinue reading “Mentawi Flying Squirrel Iomys sipora”

Smoky Flying Squirrel Pteromyscus pulverulentus

Smoky Flying Squirrel Pteromyscus pulverulentus Endangered Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia (Sumatera, Kalimantan); Malaysia (Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah); Thailand The Smoky Flying Squirrel lives in tree hollows in tall, undisturbed lowland primary forest (below 3,000 m asl), but they also rely on exposed nests. They are less common at higher elevations but a few populations have been foundContinue reading “Smoky Flying Squirrel Pteromyscus pulverulentus”

Pig-tailed Snub-nosed Langur Simias concolor

Pig-tailed Snub-nosed Langur Simias concolor Critically Endangered Location: Indonesia Pig-tailed Snub-nosed Langurs are found in swamp forests and lowland rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia (Tenaza 1987, Quinten 2010), as well as in primary forests on the hillsides of the islands‘ interior regions (Tilson 1977); they have also been spotted in habitat mosaics of primary and secondaryContinue reading “Pig-tailed Snub-nosed Langur Simias concolor”

Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis

Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis Endangered Indonesia (Sumatera); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Thailand The Agile Gibbon occurs at highest densities in dipterocarp-dominated forests, but their known habitat ranges from swamp and lowland forests to hill, submontane, and montane forests (O’Brien et al. 2004; Yanuar 2009). Additionally, populations in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra do notContinue reading “Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis”

Borneo Bay Cat Catopuma badia

Borneo Bay Cat Catopuma badia Endangered Indonesia, Malaysia Brunei (Presence unknown) The Borneo Bay Cat appears to be forest dependent, with records from hill and lowland forest as well as swamp forest (Meijaard 1997, Azlan et al. 2003, Hearn 2003, Bricknell 2003, Azlan and Sanderson 2007, Yasuda et al. 2007, Sastramidjaja et al. in press,Continue reading “Borneo Bay Cat Catopuma badia”

Proboscis Monkey Nasalis larvatus

Proboscis Monkey Nasalis larvatus Endangered Brunei, Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), Indonesia (Kalimantan) The Proboscis Monkey is associated with riparian-riverine forests, coastal lowland forest, including mangroves, peat swamp, and freshwater swamp forest (Boonratana 2000). The Proboscis Monkey rarely ranges far from their local habitat’s waterway (Meijaard and Nijman 2000). Because of this species’ association with riverine andContinue reading “Proboscis Monkey Nasalis larvatus”

Silvery Pigeon Columba argentina

Silvery Pigeon Columba argentina Critically Endangered Indonesia (Sumatera, Kalimantan); Malaysia (Sarawak) The Silvery Pigeon lives in mangroves and coastal forests in the lowlands and hills on offshore islands, occasionally being found in similar habitats below 100 m on mainland Sumatra and Borneo. Although little is known about the species, it may be speculated that settlement,Continue reading “Silvery Pigeon Columba argentina”

Painted Terrapin Batagur borneoensis

Painted Terrapin Batagur borneoensis Critically Endangered The painted terrapin, painted batagur, or saw-jawed turtle (Batagur borneoensis) is a species of turtle found in the rainforests of Brunei, Indonesia (Sumatra and Kalimantan), Malaysia, and Thailand. Harvesting by fishermen to eat, poaching to meet pet and food demand, habitat loss due to land conversion to palm oil,Continue reading “Painted Terrapin Batagur borneoensis”

Malaysian Giant Turtle Orlitia borneensis

Malaysian Giant Turtle Orlitia borneensis Critically Endangered The Malaysian Giant Turtle inhabits freshwater swamps, lakes and river systems. The diet in the wild is unknown, but captives are omnivorous. Little information is available about the species life history. Orlitia borneensis is considered Endangered in Indonesia and reported mostly from national parks; they appear to beContinue reading “Malaysian Giant Turtle Orlitia borneensis”

Large-spotted Civet Viverra megaspila

Large-spotted Civet Viverra megaspila Endangered Extant (resident): Cambodia; Laos; Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Myanmar; Thailand Possibly Extinct: China; Vietnam The Large-spotted Civet is listed as Endangered because of an ongoing and projected future population decline, of more than 50% over three generations (taken to be 15 years) in the past and the future, inferred from range-wideContinue reading “Large-spotted Civet Viverra megaspila”

Sun Bear Helarctos malayanus

Sun Bear Helarctos malayanus Vulnerable Locations: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam. Sun Bears are a forest-dependent species, favouring interior mature and/or heterogeneously structured primary forests (Augeri 2005). There are two ecologically distinct categories of tropical forest that comprise their natural range, distinguished by differences in climate, phenology, and floristic composition:Continue reading “Sun Bear Helarctos malayanus”

Yellow-handed Mitered Langur Presbytis melalophos

Yellow-handed Mitered Langur Presbytis melalophos Endangered This primate species is endemic to Sumatra and is tolerant of habitat conversion to a degree (V. Nijman pers. comm.), and can be found in disturbed and secondary forest areas. The Yellow-handed Mitered Langur have also been found in primary and secondary hill rainforest, shrub forest and plantations. ThisContinue reading “Yellow-handed Mitered Langur Presbytis melalophos”