The Sumatran rhinoceros are extinct, well in Malaysia at least, but this shouldn't be a sigh of relief.
The country’s last rhino, Iman, died of cancer on November 23, 2019. The species is now down to about 80 of them and now is only located in the country of Indonesia. Efforts to breed Iman before her death with a male rhino, Tam, was proven unsuccessful. Researchers conclude that Iman is infertile and this is due to the long isolation she experienced. This is because females of this species can develop cysts and fibroids in their reproductive tracts if they go too long without mating, preventing them to create an offspring. This unfortunate event further highlights those 80 rhinos' own isolation. 80 may seem a lot but since they are scattered around a large area, most of them will have a hard time finding a mating partner. Initially, Sumatran rhinoceros can be found as far as India, but due to poaching, habitat loss from deforestation, and other threats to their livelihood, their numbers decreased and thus they became more isolated from one another. Such may be the case with the Javan rhinoceros of Ujung Kulon. With 80 individuals of Sumatran rhinoceros considered isolated, imagine the 66 Javan rhinoceros that is residing in Ujung Kulon
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Gathering in the surrounding mountains of the ancient rainforest, hanging cloud clings to the trees. ☁️ 🌿
This cloud cover is actually more than just a beautiful scene, but is an example of the scientific phenomenon ‘cloud stripping.’ ☁️ As clouds like these move through high-altitude rainforest, their moisture condensed on surface area of plants, wetting their leaves, branches, stems and trunks. 💦🍃
The trees are essentially ‘harvesting’ water from the clouds, continuing one of the many intriguing eco-cycles of this impressive bio-region.
You can learn all about cloud stripping on a ranger guided tour at Red Peak. 🤠🌿
📸: @jilarapearl #TheAncientRainforest
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Week 3 of our December challenge is here!
This month I would like to invite all of you to join me in our December 2019 edition of the @sunshine_inspired_fauna challenge. This month our theme is Endangered Rainforest Species. This week we are sticking to the golden color and creating the Amazonian Manatee. #SunshineInspiredFauna is an art challenge bringing awareness to endangered animals. Through this challenge, we want to bring attention to non-profit organizations focused on improving the environment and the wellbeing of endangered species.
For the month of December, I have teamed up with @katiesartsandcrafts we will be creating 4 art pieces of endangered species living in rainforest. You can join us at any time and share your gorgeous work with us.
The rules are easy: paint/draw/create a piece inspired by our prompt. Make sure to tag @sunshine_inspired_fauna and use the #sifauna or #SunshineInspiredFauna tag. Don't forget to share the mission of our challenge in your description and follow our challenge. Tag the organization we are supporting as well.
December prompts are:
Golden Lion Tamarin
Golden Poison Dart Frog
Week 22- 28
Pygmy Three-Toad Sloth
The non profit organization we are supporting this month is the Rainforest Alliance @rainforestalliance. rainforest-alliance.org
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It's so hot. A year ago I was swimming in the creek on days like this. But now there's a record breaking drought and heat wave. The creek is to low and depressing. Barely flowing at all.
And still, I'm lucky to have my own spot by a creek in the rainforest. #australia#rainforest#faerielife#flashback
Wild turmeric(Curcuma aromatica)plants grow almost everywhere in and around the #KCRE campus. These tall beautiful flowers and wide leaves are not just a treat to the eyes but harbor a whole range of creatures that hide and rest on them. A great stage for macro photography. #floraatKCRE
Delighted to spot several of these fascinating carnivorous plants and my favorite as we hike Mt. Kalatungan. At lower elevation, it grows in ultramapic soil which is renowned to host floras with high endemism and special adaptations like genus Nepenthes.
Also, these "winged" monkey-cups can be seen thriving along the grassy slopes of Buko-buko sa Anay en route to summit at 2300-2430masl. It is considered as upper pitcher plant together with Nepenthes saranganiensis which presents significant taxonomic value.
This is Borneo Highland.
On this side of the fence is Sarawak (Malaysia) and on the other side, all the way down the clift, is Kalimantan (Indonesia). Sitting on the mountain plateau, 60km south of Kuching and 1,000 meters above sea level on the Penrissen Range at the Sarawak-Kalimantan border amongst the world’s oldest and second largest rainforest, Borneo Highlands Resort offers a myriad of attractions, from the enchanting Jungle Spa to the spectacular Hornbill Golf Course.
Visitors can relish the cool mountain air (18°C -28°C) all year round, while indulging in the Annah Rais Café which serves healthy cuisine featuring vegetables, fruits and herbs grown in the resort’s very own organic farms.
A true golfing paradise for avid golfers with its brilliantly designed (designed by Neil Crafter and launched by Tiger Woods in 1999)18-hole course with 6,249 metres length laid over the highland plateau, allowing the golfers to play amidst breathtakingly beautiful jungle sceneries and experience what the resort describes as 'Golfing In The Cloud' while challenging their physical and mental strength playing on the steep gradients of the rugged mountain terrain.
Greetings from the summit of Mt. Lumpanag! Really grateful for giving us CAVU and CAVOK or in aviation, the best possible/desirable flying weather. So I took my drone out for a spin through the surrounding mountainside of Kalatungan mountain range.
Very glad to see a peeking Mt. Apo, Kitanglad mountain range, an adjacent Mt. Kalatungan and the sought after, my penultimate on the top 10 highest peaks in the archipelago, Mt. Ragang which I was able to see again when I visited Lanao del Sur.