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Pictures of kalimantan in Indonesia [updated 2014-04-08]



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Mama Orangutan with baby in her lap


Tree frog in the tropical forest of Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Tree frog in the tropical forest of Borneo.



Orangutan discovers the value of using tools


Yellow-, green-, and orange-spotted butterfly in leaf litter (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Yellow-, green-, and orange-spotted butterfly in leaf litter.


Pitcher plant, Nepenthes reinwardtiana, in rain forest of Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Pitcher plant, Nepenthes reinwardtiana, in rain forest of Borneo


Patch of jungle that has been slash-and-burned in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Patch of jungle that has been slash-and-burned in Borneo. This section of forest was cut months past but the farmers missed their window for converting the land for agriculture. Rains came before the fallen vegetation had been thoroughly burned and thus, this land cannot be used for crops until the forest regrows and is slash-and-burned again. In its current state most nutrients have already been leached by the strong tropical sun and rain has washed away valuable soils.


Sunset in the Borneo rainforest (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Sunset in the Borneo rainforest



Airplane view of peatland being drained and cleared in Borneo


Brachydiplax dragonfly on blade of grass (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Brachydiplax dragonfly on blade of grass



Large Orangutan Looking into Camera



Orphaned Orangutan in Central Kalimantan


Nepenthes rafflesiana, a large pitcher plant commonly found in swampy forests of Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Nepenthes rafflesiana, a large pitcher plant commonly found in swampy forests of Borneo



Dragonfly with rainbow wings


Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) peeking over a roof so only its head is visible (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) peeking over a roof so only its head is visible. Eating a fruit.



Red grasshawk dragonfly



Orangutan discovers the value of using tools



Large Orangutan in Central Kalimantan



Orangutan with a coconut hat and leaf in mouth


Aerial view of rainforest that has been slash-and-burned for agriculture (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Aerial view of rainforest that has been slash-and-burned for agriculture


Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)


Swamp forest along the Seikonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Swamp forest along the Seikonyer River


Adult male Proboscis monkey (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Adult male Proboscis monkey


Nepenthes reinwardtiana pitcher plant (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Nepenthes reinwardtiana pitcher plant


Crocodile nest site on the Sekonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Crocodile nest site on the Sekonyer River. Note the flattened vegetation.



Aerial view of peatland destruction in Borneo



Orphaned Orangutan in Central Kalimantan


Abandoned homestead in deforestated area (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Abandoned homestead in deforestated area. Peat swamp forest once grew here but the land was drained via canal, then the forest cut and burned for short-term rice farming. The homeowners have since moved on to another patch of forest.


Borneo forest squirrel (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Borneo forest squirrel.


Section of jungle that has been cut for swidden agriculture in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Section of jungle that has been cut for swidden agriculture in Borneo


Adult Male Orangutan (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Adult Male Orangutan. Close up on face


Workers with Orangutans at the Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine in Pangkalan (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Workers with Orangutans at the Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine in Pangkalan


Slash-and-burn agriculture in the rainforest of Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Slash-and-burn agriculture in the rainforest of Borneo. This section of forest was cut months past but the farmers missed their window for converting the land for agriculture. Rains came before the fallen vegetation had been thoroughly burned and thus, this land cannot be used for crops until the forest regrows and is slash-and-burned again. In its current state most nutrients have already been leached by the strong tropical sun and rain has washed away valuable soils.


Hemidactylus gecko species with black markings (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Hemidactylus gecko species with black markings.


Black and white butterfly feeding on flower nectar (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Black and white butterfly feeding on flower nectar



Young Orangutan attempts to sucks honey out of hollowed log


Brachydiplax dragonfly species (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Brachydiplax dragonfly species



Orangutan with a coconut hat



Margin between forest and peatland


Yellow butterfly in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Yellow butterfly in Borneo


Charred remnants of a section of rain forest that has been unsuccessfully slash-and-burned for small-scale agriculture (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Charred remnants of a section of rain forest that has been unsuccessfully slash-and-burned for small-scale agriculture


Red Grasshawk (Neurothemis fluctuans) (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Red Grasshawk (Neurothemis fluctuans)


Borneo bearded pig (Sus barbatus) feeding on rambutan fruit (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Borneo bearded pig (Sus barbatus) feeding on rambutan fruit


Young orangutan feeding while hanging from tree (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Young orangutan feeding while hanging from tree



Young Orangutans learning to using tools



Orangutan with a coconut hat and leaf in mouth


Thomas standing among charred remains of tropical rainforest in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Thomas standing among charred remains of tropical rainforest in Borneo


Male Nasalis larvatus monkey eating fruit (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Male Nasalis larvatus monkey eating fruit. Proboscis Monkeys are only found in Borneo.


Brown cicada (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Brown cicada. From dusk until dawn, the forest buzzes with the continuous drone of cicadas calling to attract mates.



Orangutan stands up on two legs


Gecko lizard species with black markings (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Gecko lizard species with black markings.


The Bearded Pig of Borneo, eating rambutan fruit (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
The Bearded Pig of Borneo, eating rambutan fruit


Ex-captive adult male Borneo Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Ex-captive adult male Borneo Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)


Adult male and baby proboscis monkeys in a canopy tree along the Seikonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Adult male and baby proboscis monkeys in a canopy tree along the Seikonyer River



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Blue and black butterfly in rainforest of Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Blue and black butterfly in rainforest of Borneo



Orangutan eating a stick



Young Orangutan plays on seesaw


Pandanus palms and blooming water lillies along river leading to Camp Leaky (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Pandanus palms and blooming water lillies along river leading to Camp Leaky


Baby orangutan clinging to mother orangutan (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Baby orangutan clinging to mother orangutan



Young Orangutans learning to using tools


Red pitcher plant (Nepenthes rafflesiana) (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Red pitcher plant (Nepenthes rafflesiana)


Canopy tree along the Seikonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Canopy tree along the Seikonyer River. Look closely and you may see that the tree is full of proboscis monkeys, a primate endemic to the island of Borneo.


Canal dug to drain the swamp forest before it was slash-and-burned (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Canal dug to drain the swamp forest before it was slash-and-burned. Now the area is hard-packed soil that has been colonized with tough grasses. The sun bakes down.


Vine growing around tree trunk (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Vine growing around tree trunk. As the vine climbs its leaves change from red to green.



Red grasshawk dragonfly


Reflection in the Seikonyer River of the setting sun (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Reflection in the Seikonyer River of the setting sun



Large Orangutan Looks Askance


Water lillies in bloom along river (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Water lillies in bloom along river



Red grasshawk dragonfly


Fire ants in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Fire ants in Borneo


Large black beetle in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Large black beetle in Borneo


Yellow-, green-, and orange-spotted butterfly with blue underparts (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Yellow-, green-, and orange-spotted butterfly with blue underparts.


Hardwood canopy tree seedlings at reforestation project in Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Hardwood canopy tree seedlings at reforestation project in Tanjung Puting National Park


Aerial view of deforested jungle in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Aerial view of deforested jungle in Borneo. Note the canal running through the middle of the forest. This canal was used to drain the flooded forest. The forest is then cut and burned before being planted with rice, oil palm, or other agricultural products.


Silica miners in a speedboat heading upriver to an illegal mining zone (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Silica miners in a speedboat heading upriver to an illegal mining zone


Aerial view the Pangkalanbun and the Kumai River in Kalimantan (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Aerial view the Pangkalanbun and the Kumai River in Kalimantan


Forest clearing project sponsored by the Indonesian government (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Forest clearing project sponsored by the Indonesian government. Note the bulldozer. The government is laying an electrical grid to set up housing for colonists from Java.


Abandoned cabin just outside Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Abandoned cabin just outside Tanjung Puting National Park


Orangutan climbing while holding a bunch of bananas in its mouth (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Orangutan climbing while holding a bunch of bananas in its mouth


Forest leech on man's wrist (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Forest leech on man's wrist


Villager employed as a conservation worker at a reforestation project in Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Villager employed as a conservation worker at a reforestation project in Tanjung Puting National Park


Colony of termites in moving along a log in the jungle (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Colony of termites in moving along a log in the jungle


Forest that has been drained then slash-and-burned for agriculture (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Forest that has been drained then slash-and-burned for agriculture


Tree stump in deforested area (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Tree stump in deforested area


Tree frog in the Borneo rain forest (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Tree frog in the Borneo rain forest.


Large black beetle on clothing (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Large black beetle on clothing


Aerial view of mangrove forests that have been cleared for farming and aquaculture (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Aerial view of mangrove forests that have been cleared for farming and aquaculture


Domiant male Proboscis Monkey with females in tree eating fruit (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Domiant male Proboscis Monkey with females in tree eating fruit. Proboscis Monkeys are only found on the island of Borneo.


Slash-and-burn agriculture in the Borneo jungle (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Slash-and-burn agriculture in the Borneo jungle



Young Orangutans hanging out


Adult male Borneo Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) at Pondok Tanggui (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Adult male Borneo Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) at Pondok Tanggui



Red, green, and turquoise damselfly


Pink cup-shaped mushroom in Borneo rainforest (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Pink cup-shaped mushroom in Borneo rainforest


Ex-captive adult male Borneo Orangutan drinking at Pondok Tanggui (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Ex-captive adult male Borneo Orangutan drinking at Pondok Tanggui


Rehabilitated orangutan lost in thought (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Rehabilitated orangutan lost in thought


Green mushroom on forest floor (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Green mushroom on forest floor



Aerial view of oil palm plantations in Kalimantan


Domiant male Proboscis Monkey eating fruit (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Domiant male Proboscis Monkey eating fruit. Proboscis Monkeys are endemic to Borneo.


Speedboats carrying miners on the Seikonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Speedboats carrying miners on the Seikonyer River


Orange butterfly on forest floor in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Orange butterfly on forest floor in Borneo.


Slash-and-burned patch near Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Slash-and-burned patch near Tanjung Puting National Park



One Orangutan helps another on the seesaw


Baby orangutan learning the ropes at the Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine in Pangkalan (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Baby orangutan learning the ropes at the Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine in Pangkalan


Fallen tree limbs from an attempt to slash-and-burn an area of rain forest for agricultural use (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Fallen tree limbs from an attempt to slash-and-burn an area of rain forest for agricultural use


Bright red insect (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Bright red insect.


Green Bronchocela cristatella lizard (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Green Bronchocela cristatella lizard. A synonym of this agamid is Calotes cristatellus. This species also goes by the following names: Green Crested Lizard, Green Tree Dragon, and Borneo Bloodsucker.


Rain forest along the Seikonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Rain forest along the Seikonyer River



Black and brown cricket


Leech preparing to bite a man's arm (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Leech preparing to bite a man's arm


Blood-sucking leech on deck of “klotok” (the traditional long boat of this part of Borneo) (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Blood-sucking leech on deck of “klotok” (the traditional long boat of this part of Borneo)


Sekonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Sekonyer River


Pitcher plant in Borneo, light green in color (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Pitcher plant in Borneo, light green in color


Pandanus palms along the Sekonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Pandanus palms along the Sekonyer River


Adult male Orangutan at Pondok Tanggui (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Adult male Orangutan at Pondok Tanggui



Orangutan on a rock in Central Kalimantan



Peatlands of Borneo


Blackwater river in Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Blackwater river in Tanjung Puting National Park


Charred forest remains from slash-and-burn agriculture (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Charred forest remains from slash-and-burn agriculture



Young Orangutans learning to using tools



Orphaned Orangutan in Central Kalimantan




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