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Borneo News

Report: Co-pilot was flying AirAsia plane when crisis began

Jakarta - The co-pilot was at the controls when an AirAsia jetliner went out of control over southeast Asia in December, crashing into the Java Sea and killing all 162 people aboard, unnamed flight officials said.

AirAsia flights from Surabaya to Singapore halted by Indonesia

Surabaya - Indonesia threatened Saturday to revoke AirAsia's permit to fly from Surabaya to Singapore in the wake of last week's loss of a jet with 162 people aboard.

Storms hamper recovery of bodies from AirAsia crash

Surabaya - Indonesian searchers recovered the bodies of seven of 162 victims believed to have perished in Sunday's crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea off Borneo.

Wild orangutan caught dressing in T-shirt in Borneo (Video)

A wild orangutan was caught on video, casually donning a park ranger's T-shirt, by a wildlife photographer in Tanjung Putting National Park in Borneo. To the great amusement of onlookers she then tried to put on a Wellington boot,

Malaysian forces continue to attack Filipinos of Sultan Kiram III

A comic tragedy on barely known islands in the South Pacific continues with fears of a wider conflict. That story with a map is contained here.

Orangutan shot more than 100 times makes miraculous recovery

Jakarta - Rescue workers are fighting to save the life of an orangutan called Aan, hit more than 100 times by pellets from an air rifle. Aan is making miraculous recovery after she sustained serious injuries in an attack in which she was shot several times.

Rally against palm oil plantations in support of orangutans Special

Sydney - A rally was held against Malaysia’s attempt to promote the benefits of palm oil. Palm oil plantations result in the deforestation of orangutan habitat.

Video: Four Paws saves orangutan mother and daughter in Borneo

Four paws, an animal rescue group based in Britain, recently saved a pregnant female orangutan and its daughter at the last minute from death, as knife-wielding bounty hunters closed in on the pair in Borneo.

'Extinct' monkeys found in remote Borneo rainforest

Scientists have discovered a species of monkey that were previously believed to have been extinct. The Miller's Grizzled Langur, found in a remote rainforest in Borneo, allowed researchers to get a first-time good glimpse at the rare type of monkey.

Borneo suspension bridge collapses, 11 people dead, 30 missing

At least 11 people were reported dead and more than 30 still missing after a 10-year-old suspension bridge in East Kalimantan on Borneo island collapsed Saturday while workers were doing repair works.

Orangutans are more resilient than researchers thought

There is hope yet for the orangutan in forest plantations and sustainably logged forests. Selectively logged forests and timber plantations can serve as habitat for orangutans, and populations of the ape may be more resilient than previously believed.

Greenpeace boycotts Nestle: 'Don't have a Kit Kat break today'

Nestle's Kit Kat chocolate bars are best remembered by the advertising refrain, 'Have a break, have a Kit Kat.' But now an environmental group wants Nestle to take a break from supporting rainforest-killing companies.

Malaysian PM wants orangutans to attract eco-tourists to mainland

While the Malaysian part of Borneo does have orangutan sanctuaries, mainland Malaysia does not. The PM now wants to have a new eco-tourism attraction built near the capital, but finds it difficult to get the necessary primates moved.

Battle from Extinction : Hospital Workers save Orang-utan

An anaesthetist and an obstetrician at Jersey Hospital, The Channel Islands worked hard to save Dana, a Sumatran Orang-utan living at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust this week, when Dana ran into complications during childbirth.

Op-Ed: Nabau Borneo Monster 'Snakes' Its Way into the News

Whether they’re called Yeti, Bigfoot, Abominable Snowman, Nessie, Kengmi, Sasquatch or Nabau, they all have one thing in common, a question that looms larger than the mysteries surrounding them.

Darwin’s Lost World in Borneo

Biologists are finding more new species in Borneo found nowhere else in the planet.

Indonesia forest fires, attacks kill 1,000 orangutans

About 1,000 orangutans are estimated to have died in Indonesia during the dry season this year in which raging forest fires have produced thick smoke across huge areas of Southeast Asia.
 

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Map shows possible flight path of AirAsia Flight 8501  which is believed to have crashed in the Java...
Map shows possible flight path of AirAsia Flight 8501, which is believed to have crashed in the Java Sea near Borneo with 162 passengers and crew.
Flightradar24/Wikimedia Commons
Mount Kinabalu in Borneo and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the w...
Mount Kinabalu in Borneo and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with over 4500 species of plant, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species identified. Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants and the orangutan.
Wikipedia / Borneo island
An adult male orangutan on the Tarantang River  Central Kalimantan.
An adult male orangutan on the Tarantang River, Central Kalimantan.
Marc Dragiewicz
An orangutan was caught on video donning a park ranger s t-shirt
An orangutan was caught on video donning a park ranger's t-shirt
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An orangutan is rescued from a bulldozed section of rainforest in Borneo  Indonesia.
An orangutan is rescued from a bulldozed section of rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia.
Rainforest Rescue
Under Chief Minister Taib  the Penan s forests have been ravaged for 30 years. © Survival
Under Chief Minister Taib, the Penan's forests have been ravaged for 30 years. © Survival
Nicholas Mujah has been arrested for  possession
of seditious materials .
Nicholas Mujah has been arrested for 'possession of seditious materials'.
The Penan have regularly mounted blockades 
to stop the destruction of their forest. ©Survival 200...
The Penan have regularly mounted blockades to stop the destruction of their forest. ©Survival 2009
AIRLINE: An Airbus 320 jetliner taxis at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya  Indonesia  in 201...
AIRLINE: An Airbus 320 jetliner taxis at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 2010.
Kentaro Iemoto/Wikimedia Commons
Under Taib s rule the Penan have mounted countless
blockades to stop their forest being destroyed.
...
Under Taib's rule the Penan have mounted countless blockades to stop their forest being destroyed. © A.Rain/N.Rain/Survival
As seen on this map of Malaysia  Brunei is a small Sultan state on the Island of Borneo
As seen on this map of Malaysia, Brunei is a small Sultan state on the Island of Borneo
Sahah Tourism Bureau
WRECKAGE: A salvage ship in the Java Sea carries the tail section of AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashe...
WRECKAGE: A salvage ship in the Java Sea carries the tail section of AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashed Dec. 28 on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.
U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons
The Bornean orangutan is endemic to the island of Borneo where it is present in the two Malaysian st...
The Bornean orangutan is endemic to the island of Borneo where it is present in the two Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as in three of the four Indonesian Provinces of Kalimantan.
Josh More
The total number of Bornean orangutans is estimated to be less than 14% of what it was in the recent...
The total number of Bornean orangutans is estimated to be less than 14% of what it was in the recent past (from around 10,000 years ago until the middle of the twentieth century) and this sharp decline has occurred mostly over the past few decades due to human activities and development.
Tim Strater
The Penan s forests have been devastated by loggers.
©Andy & Nick Rain/ Survival
The Penan's forests have been devastated by loggers. ©Andy & Nick Rain/ Survival
Construction is already under way at the Murum
dam site. ©Survival
Construction is already under way at the Murum dam site. ©Survival
Borneo orangutan  stranded on the last tree left in his rainforest home.
Borneo orangutan, stranded on the last tree left in his rainforest home.
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