I'm the "the luckiest bastard in the world" according to the editor of Australian Geographic Outdoor - and it rarely gets any better than this! A month deep in jungles of Borneo, with government permits granting me privileged access into the otherwise off-limit parts of the oldest rainforest in the world, to attempt to find and photograph some of the world's rarest mammals like the Borneo Rhino (fewer than 30 are believed to remain on the planet), pigmy elephants, orang-utans, clouded leopards, sun bears, etc. Thanks to Borneo Conservation Trust who helped me secure the permits and then took me around to all the wildlife hot-spots and critical project areas of Sabah, introducing me to incredible research projects and such dedicated people.
It was unforgettable. The conditions were challenging - leeches, mud, sweltering humidity, lack of light beneath the steaming jungle canopy, inside caves boot-deep in bat guano and mounds of cockroaches and centipedes.. I'm still writing the article and going through photos at the moment - it's so hard to try and fit all the amazing points into one feature! Borneo will stay with me forever. Thanks to everyone who was a part of it! So many amazing people and new friends, it's hard to grasp! Stay tuned for the article!