Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
Borneo is the biggest island in South-Easth Asia. It's known for his high biodiversity which attracts many tourists. A good friend of Rudi, Dr. Benoit Goossens, is the director of Danau Girang Field Centre, situated on the Kinabatangan river. Rudi had the opportunity to go their in 2009 to document the rich diversity around the centre. Pictures can be used by the centre for non-commercial purposes. A year later Rudi went back to photograph especially the bornean elephants. In 2014 the book 'Itin, a bornean elephant' was released with a selection of those pictures. In 2012 Rudi went back again, this time collecting data for his masterthesis during three months. In his free time he could take some more pictures. The possibilities were fantastic and it's not over yet. In 2015 Rudi will return to Sabah for a Phd.
Stories from Sabah on Stories, Borneo
You Wouldn't expect it, but in Borneo, elephants are present. They are the smaller cousins of the Asian elephant, but have longer tails and bigger ears. They find their way through the forest but are difficult to find even with their big appearance. During one month, Rudi searched and followed the elephants and made a photographic journal.
Orang utans are well known by the majority of people. They look a bit awkward with their red fur but are nevertheless special. They live most of the time solitary and go through the forest in search of food. A lot of actions are taken to protect this endangered creature, such as translocations.
With his prehistoric appearance, many are fascinated by crocodiles. The biggest of it's kind are the saltwater or estuarine crocodiles. We caught one longer than 5 meters for collaring with a gps.
During my stay I also made some movies. I used two old gopro HD2 and an audiorecorder.