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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VI: CULTURE AND CONSERVATION

(part 1)

First port of call was the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) where we were guided by Mr. Ang, an affable soil scientist. The first herp was an Indo-Malaysian water monitor (Varanus salvator) watching us from a pool outside the office - as we moved off, it climbed out. At FRIM we went on a jungle walk, as professional biologists with good eyes for spotting nature, and then up onto the aerial walkway, funded by Germany but built by British engineers, Hinrich!!

Our excellent guide Ang
introduces zoologists to botany
Indo-Malay water monitor,
Varanus salvator
The International Team in a tree buttress:
back (l-r): Hinrich Kaiser, David Taylor, middle: Sven Mecke, Scott Heacox, Gloria Morales, Melissa Carrillo, Caitlin Sanchez, Mark O'Shea,
front: Zach Brown, Justin Rader, Aaren Marsh, Stephanie Hughes.

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