Pygmy Elephant 3
Credit: David Webb

Who spotted who? (Our guide later told us such elephant sightings only happen once every few months!)

Laban Rata
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Laban Rata — the first day's destination while trekking up Mount Kinabalu. After a short sleep at 3,270 metres of elevation, we pushed for the summit the next morning.

Kinabalu Summit
Credit: David Webb

A stunning sunrise crests over Mount Kinabalu's summit, the highest point on Earth between the Himalayas and New Guinea. (We had just descended. What an incredible way to see daybreak.)

Kinabalu
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A walk above the clouds on 4,095.2-metre Mount Kinabalu — the highest peak in Southeast Asia.

Turtle Islands NP
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Turtle Islands National Park — one part tropical bliss, one part hands-on turtle conservation and a perfect end to an exploration of Malaysian Borneo.

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Borneo Ape
Credit: David Webb

A momma orang-utan feeds her baby, at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabillitation Centre in north Borneo.

Borneo Clownfish
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Snorkelling at Selingan Island reveals the biodiversity of the Sulu Sea. (Clownfish!)

Wild Orangutan
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We spotted a wild orangutan in the fig trees outside of Gomantong Caves.

Eagle Borneo
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A crested serpent eagle lives up to its name by feasting on a copperback snake.

Gomantong Caves
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We weren't the only ones hiking through Gomantong Caves — we had some cockroach companions. (Better to leave the light off.)

Proboscis Monkey
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Endemic to Borneo, proboscis monkeys have become an emblematic species for this island.

Pygmy Elephant
Credit: David Webb

A pygmy elephant is one of the rarest — and most amazing — wildlife sightings in Borneo. We were lucky.

Pygmy Elephant
Credit: David Webb

So — it seems that pygmy elephants have blue eyes. Who knew?

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