Borneo’s Tropical Eden – Sabah is the work of three close friends, fired up with a passion for the wilderness. The perseverance and the vision have resulted in the culmination of a book that will serve as a window to the untamed world and remind us of our connections with the wild. Richly illustrated with over 360 photographs and evocatively written, the handsome book will appeal to eco-enthusiasts and lovers of nature.
"Bringing nature closer to you"
A Gift of Life, a Gift of Nature - New Coffee-Table Book on Borneo
Borneo's Tropical Eden - Sabah
Washed by the South China Sea in the west, the Sulu Sea on the north east and the Celebes Sea on the south east, Sabah is located on the northern tip of the world’s third largest island, Borneo. From the air, the regal mountains and rolling hills of Sabah’s Crocker Range appear like a lush green carpet. To the north, the steep slopes of its famed Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in the region, beckon the intrepid.
More than three-quarters of Sabah are tree-covered. The tropical rainforest of Sabah, one of the oldest in the world, are phenomenally luxuriant and have spawned an abundance of wildlife. Many creatures and plants are endemic here, found nowhere else in the world. From the minutest insect to the largest mammal., each has a story to tell. Sabah’s forest and state parks are a naturalist paradise – the world’s largest orang-utan sanctuary is found here, so is the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia. The forests, home to over ten thousand species of plants, are also natural pharmacies for a cornucopia of medicinal drugs waiting to be discovered.
Besides its spectacular rainforests and mountainscapes, Sabah possess exquisite islands scattered like gems in an aquamarine sea teeming with enchanting marine life. Sipadan on the east coast, is renowned as one of the world’s best diving spots. The Tengku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a short journey from the Kota Kinabalu capital, boasts an equally vibrant marine community. The Layang-Layang atoll on the far west, which completes the triad, is a haven for scuba divers and birdwatchers. Indeed, the beauty of Sabah’s underwater life provides a worthy complement to its terrestrial world.
written & photographed by Dr Chua Ee Kiam
Additional photography by Billy Kon & Lee King Li
(ready by Aug 31 2004)