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Danum Valley

Sabah's last natural stronghold

Bornean Flying frog Ranchophorus nigropalmatum

Bornean Flying frog Ranchophorus nigropalmatum

Juan and Cindy on top of tree platform

Juan and Cindy on top of tree platform

Straight after the mixed emotions we had in the Kinabatangan river, with its fascinating wildlife trapped in such a thin stretch of forest, we entered an entirely different scenario.
Danum Valley is an enormous area of untouched jungle with trees that reach over eighty meters in height and the strangest-looking creatures lurking around every corner. The feeling of being in such a pristine natural environment is something we cannot wish enough of for you.
We think especially of our younger cousins who, although are exposed more than we were to some degree of environmental education, are growing up in a world ever more detached from nature.
In Danum Valley we sensed the connection with eternity, that feeling of peace and humility you get when you take the time to sit by the sea and contemplate its vastness in silence, just breathing in the breeze, the salt and the sound of the waves against the sand. Here we had it by the cool river under centennial trees, and the difference was we knew the feeling was shared with millions of unseen individual forest inhabitants. They were there under rocks, on tall branches, behind our beds. A perfect temporary product of a never-ending evolutionary sequence, resulting in colors, shapes and habits we're only beginning to discover and will always have more to learn from and admire.
Here are some of the pictures =).

Welcome to Danum Valley: The king of the jungle watches us from a huge tree.

Welcome to Danum Valley: The king of the jungle watches us from a huge tree.

Cindy climbing down a forty meter ladder.

Cindy climbing down a forty meter ladder.

Rhinoceros Hornbill

Rhinoceros Hornbill

Snake

Snake

Ancient burial site at Danum Valley

Ancient burial site at Danum Valley

Pot in burial site

Pot in burial site

Red Langur

Red Langur

Whiskered treeswift

Whiskered treeswift

Cindy on scientist's bridge

Cindy on scientist's bridge

Leeches!!!!!!!!

Leeches!!!!!!!!

Posted by juan y Cindy 03:41 Archived in Malaysia

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Esplendoreous stories! I would be more than echanted exposed to such a magical place... even though I sense it in the beauty that also surrounds me! It's beautiful to share it with you through your blog! We love you and we miss you! Verdad Adri?

by Lorena

Wonderful to see your 2 latest posts - Danum sounds great. The Phillipines trip looks glorious - so wonderful to hear you are having such a great time. And that you have 3 months diving work lined up in Sabah! Excellent
much love
Madeleine

by Madeleine

how fortunate you are to be able to make such a wonderful trip enjoying the beauty of nature. Losts of luck for the rest of your journey, Love, Lilia

by Lilia Castelán de Berrocal

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