The Borneo Features Illustration Series
Words describe, but images bring our world to life. Borneo Features uses images to bring our words to you visually. The series of illustrations on this website were commissioned specifically to bring Borneo’s issues to life. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have in creating them.
Creating the Illustration Series
Naturalist Tony Sebastian and Illustrator Jean Voon worked together to bring this series to you. This special partnership brings together ecological knowledge and illustrating skills. A brief was developed for each illustration, deciding how a particular issue could be captured visually. This “image” was then fine-tuned, sometimes taking several weeks, to eventually bring the result that you see on this website.
自然学家托尼（Tony Sebastian）和插画家珍（Jean Voon）携手为您呈现此系列。这种特殊的合作关系融合了生态知识和插画技能。每幅画先是草拟一个稿，决定如何具体捕捉问题使之图像化。之后再美化图像，有时耗时几个星期才完成您现在在此网站看到的成果。
Trapping the Scaly Anteater 被捕获的食蚁兽
The Bornean White-shouldered Ibis 婆罗洲白肩宜必思
Borneo’s great migrations 婆罗洲大迁移
Trapping the Scaly Anteater 被捕获的食蚁兽The illegal trapping of one of Borneo’s most fascinating animals is a crime that goes un-punished, day after day, week after week. Reports of seizures in major Bornean towns make your jaw drop… 30 tonnes of pangolin scales confiscated by customs officials… 380 live pangolins found on the back of a truck… “Are there that many pangolins in our forests? How come I have never seen one?”
Pangolins are caught using low-strung nets, stretching along the forest floor. These ground-living animals (they climb freely too) walk into these nets and that is it. They end up in pots in restaurants, their scales ripped off one by one, packed and shipped to China. There is even an industry making nets specially for catching pangolins!
The Bornean White-shouldered Ibis 婆罗洲白肩宜必思There is no other bird on Borneo that looks like the Ibis, with its distinctive long decurved bill and piercing red eyes and red feet. The white-shouldered Ibis is one of the most endangered birds in the world, and the tiny population left on Borneo is quite different from elsewhere. In fact, it is possible that the Bornean form may be an entirely different species altogether.
They inhabit quiet stretches of streams, rivers and lakes which still have forested habitat around. The lakes of the Mahakam and Barito in Kalimantan are their last stronghold, albeit with very small remaining numbers.
Borneo’s great migrations 婆罗洲大迁移In the not too distant past, the bearded pigs on Borneo undertook migrations that would go into record books. Borneo’s forests have distinct fruiting seasons, occurring at different times in different parts of the island. In response to this “big feast”, entire populations of bearded pigs embark on epic journeys to partake in these fruit feasts.
Over high mountain ranges, across great rivers and over hundreds of kilometers, thousands upon thousands of pigs would move in great herds. Across the whole island of Borneo, it is possible that migrating pigs could have numbered over a million at a time!
Alas, this phenomenon is today reduced to local movements in small numbers. Gone forever is Borneo’s greatest migration spectacle.