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



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Orangutan with a coconut hat and leaf in mouth


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



Large Orangutan Looking into Camera



Orangutan discovers the value of using tools



Mama Orangutan with baby in her lap



Dragonfly with rainbow wings


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.



Orangutan discovers the value of using tools


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.


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



Red grasshawk dragonfly


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



Airplane view of peatland being drained and cleared in Borneo


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


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



Large Orangutan in Central Kalimantan


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


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


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


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



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


Ex-captive adult male Borneo Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) drinking at Pondok Tanggui (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Ex-captive adult male Borneo Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) drinking at Pondok Tanggui


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


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


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.


Bright green cicada (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Bright green cicada. Cicadas go through a life cycle that usually lasts between two to five years. Most of their life is spent in nymph form underground. The nymphs feed on root juices until it is time for them to emerge. They dig an exit tunnel to the surface, molt (shed their skin), and emerge as an adult. The abandonded skins of cicadas can often be found left on trees, still clinging to the bark. Adult cicadas have a very short lifespan.


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


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


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



One Orangutan helps another on the seesaw


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


Ants hauling body parts of a dead insect up a tree trunk (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Ants hauling body parts of a dead insect up a tree trunk


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


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



Baby Orangutan accidentally drops its food


Aerial view of slash-and-burned forest near Pangkalanbun, Kalimantan (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Aerial view of slash-and-burned forest near Pangkalanbun, Kalimantan



One Orangutan helps another on the seesaw



Aerial view of oil palm plantations in Kalimantan



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


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



Orangutan with a coconut hat


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


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.


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


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


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)


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



Orphaned Orangutan in Central Kalimantan


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.


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



Orangutan stands up on two legs


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


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


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.



Oil palm development in Central Kalimantan


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


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


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


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.


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.



Peatlands of Borneo


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


Deforested landscape on the boundary of Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Deforested landscape on the boundary of Tanjung Puting National Park. Peat swamp forest once grew here but the land was drained via canal, then the forest cut and burned for short-term rice farming. After a couple years, the land-clearers moved on to another patch of forest and repeat the process.


Adult male proboscis monkey with baby (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Adult male proboscis monkey with baby


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


Water monitor lizard (Varanus salvator) on a branch above the Seikonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Water monitor lizard (Varanus salvator) on a branch above the Seikonyer River


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.


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


Floating house on the Seikonyer River, with cleared forest area in the background (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Floating house on the Seikonyer River, with cleared forest area in the background


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


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


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


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


Red weevil-like insect with yellow and black legs (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Red weevil-like insect with yellow and black legs. Perched on leaves near a forest clearing in Borneo.



Stick insect


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


Section of rain forest that has been cut for subsistence agriculture in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Section of rain forest that has been cut for subsistence agriculture in Borneo



Aerial view of peatland destruction in Borneo



Orphaned Orangutan in Central Kalimantan


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


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


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



Young Orangutan attempts to sucks honey out of hollowed log



Red grasshawk dragonfly


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



Orangutan wading through the water



Orangutan on a rock in Central Kalimantan



Young Orangutans learning to using tools


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.



Large Orangutan Looks Askance


Grasshawk dragonfly (Neurothemis fluctuans) (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Grasshawk dragonfly (Neurothemis fluctuans). Reddish maroon and wings body with transparent wingtips.


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


Deforested plain just outside Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Deforested plain just outside Tanjung Puting National Park


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


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


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



Young Orangutans learning to using tools


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


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


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



Young Orangutans learning to using tools


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


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



Red, green, and turquoise damselfly


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


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


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



Young Orangutans hanging out


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


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


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


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


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



Orangutan eating a stick



Young Orangutan plays on seesaw



Margin between forest and peatland


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


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


Young orangutans going through the rehabilitation process (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Young orangutans going through the rehabilitation process


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


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



Two young orangutans play with sticks


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



Black and brown cricket




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