Victor Valley College Tropical Acclimatization

July 8th to July 13th 2009

Map of Sabah and Brunei
(click to enlarge)


The purpose of the short visit to Borneo was to allow the students to acclimatize to tropical conditions before they embarked on the serious fieldwork ahead of them in Timor-Leste. It also enabled them to get used to searching for, capturing and identiying reptiles and amphibians.

We started out in Sabah, in Sandakan, visiting Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and the Kinabatangan River, moved on to Kota Kinabalu to travel to Pulau Tig and Pulau Ular, the down to Brunei to visit the Ulu Ulu jungle camp. It was a bit of a whistle-stop, before we moved onto Timor-Leste.

The expedition participants were:

Hinrich Kaiser (Instructor and Expedition Leader, Victor Valley College)
Mark O'Shea (Guest Researcher)

Victor Valley College and other Californian students:
Jester Caballos
Scott Heacox
Caitlin Sanchez
Anne Suzio
Margaret Andrews
Paul Freed (herpetologist/retired zoo keeper)
Barbara Lester (retired zoo keeper)

The locations in Borneo visited during 2009 were:

1. East Sabah, Borneo:
a) Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
b) Kinabatangan River

2. West Sabah, Borneo:
a) Pulau Tiga
b) Pulau Ular

3. Temburong, Brunei:
a) Bandar Seri Begawan to Ulu Ulu
b) Ulu Temburong National Park

Expedition Results include a full life-list for the 2010 expedition to Borneo.