Field Notes on Pigmy Squirrels

Botany survey with Singapore Botanic Garden and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at Ng Bloh RS (LEWS) on 20th February until 8th March 2017.

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Bornean Pigmy Squirrel (Exilixciurus exilis), Sabah, Malaysia. Photo credit to Ch’ien C. Lee.

Bornean Pigmy Squirrel (Exilisciurus exilis) is the second smallest squirrel after it is lost to Emily’s Pigmy Flying Squirrel (Petaurillus emiliae) for the title of the world’s smallest squirrel. As far as i have been working in the forest of Sarawak and Sabah, E. exilis is the most common forest squirrels I’ve seen. Even though they are small but the squeaking sounds of its call is very loud especially during the mid-afternoon when birds and insects are silent.

The recent trip is my second trip to Ng Bloh Research Station (NBRS) and the presence of this pigmy squirrel always attract me. In front of the hostel building, there is a few tall trees and observation can be done easily from the front porch where table and chairs is set up. I have decided to observed these pigmy squirrels closely during this trip. Continue reading

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Flora Survey – Part 2

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The Batang Ai National Park jetty and the water level is high. 

Batang Ai National Park (BANP) is located adjacent to Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary (LEWS) and this is our second site for our flora surveys. It took us less than an hour to reach the BANP Nanga Delok’s jetty from Batang Ai dam’s jetty using the park’s boat. Ng Delok is the BANP headquarters and we have to transfer to a longboat to continue our journey to Lubang Baya ranger station. Continue reading

Flora Survey – Part 1

I was privileged to assist Botanists from Singapore Botanic Gardens Herbarium (SBGH) and Botanical Research Centre (BRC) for the 11 days field trip to Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary (LEWS) and Batang Ai National Park (BANP) on 10th until 20th March 2016. The trip was divide into two; the first seven days (10th – 16th Sept) was at LEWS and another four days (17th – 20th Sept) was at BANP. Ever since i involved in my conservation work, i never really participate in any flora study before. Thus, this was my first time and I learn so much from this field trip. Apart from that, i gain more interests in plants after the trip.

Upon our arrival at Ng Talong longhouse, the weather seems to be not on our side. It was raining since the evening until midday the next day. The headman advise us not to continue our journey to the Ng Segerak ranger station because the water level is rise cause by the overnight rain and it will be very dangerous for our longboat. We spent our second night at the longhouse but we managed to walk to the village’s protected forest (Kampung Mali) later that day for our general collections. Continue reading

Trekking Through Ubah Trail

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The Engkari River

The weather is a bit cloudy that morning but it doesn’t stop me from my plan to trek to one of the trail at this field station. I am already very excited to explore a little bit of this wildlife sanctuary so, i decide to trek to Ubah Trail. With assistance from the headman, TR Bada Ak Chendai and two general workers, Mr. Lubok Ak Tungkat and Mr. Bakar Ak Enggong we were heading to the trail. We have to cross Segerak River mouth and then Engkari River to reach the starting point of Ubah Trail. Continue reading