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Series on Kinabatangan wildlife makes debut


KOTA KINABALU: In the heart of the Kinabatangan river lowlands is a remote facility, the Danau Girang Field Centre, where scientists and researchers are trying to protect the ecosystem.

Little is known about their work, but this is set to change with the debut of an online series showcasing the wildlife in the area and the scientists trying to protect it.

Borneo Jungle Diaries, a 10-part series about the centre which is managed by the Sabah Wildlife Department and Britain’s Cardiff University, was launched on Monday in conjunction with World Environment Day.

The first episode made its debut online and the following episodes will also be uploaded on Scubazoo TV and the centre’s Facebook page, https://goo.gl/90WFwA, every Monday over the next nine weeks.

The show focuses on the dedicated young Malaysian and international research scientists who use a variety of humane traps and state-of-the-art tracking technology in their quest to unravel the mysteries of the Kinabatangan jungle.

Borneo Jungle Diaries investigates life behind the scenes at the centre, said Dr Benoit Goossens, its director and a lecturer at Cardiff University.

He said the most important aspect of the centre’s mission was to safeguard Kinabatangan’s fauna through monitoring, learning and understanding.

The series is a sequel to Borneo from Below and Borneo Wildlife Warriors.

It is presented by Aaron Bertie Gekoski, an award-winning photographer, journalist, adventurer, travel writer and film-maker, who follows different scientists around in each episode.

It will offer a first-ever look at the Sunda pangolin, offer rare insights into the behaviour of nocturnal primates, and track a herd of elephants, among other highlights, Dr Goossens said.

The episodes are produced by Scubazoo, a natural-history filming and photography company based in Kota Kinabalu, and funded by Sime Darby Foundation.

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