Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Wild Borneo: The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Wild Borneo: The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan

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Review: Wild Borneo: The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan By Nick Garbutt and J. Cede Prudente Reviewed by Elery Hamilton-Smith Charles Sturt University, Australia Garbutt, Nick and Prudente, J. Cede. Wild Borneo: The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. 2006. 176pp. ISBN 0-262-07274-2. $34.95.

This is a very lovely book with a great number of excellent photographs. It is easy and pleasant reading, and will hopefully help to build support for nature conservation and in particular, the Heart of Borneo project. In effect, it is a coffee table sized guidebook introducing much of the natural history of Borneo to a general audience. So, it is a great guide to the flora and fauna, and a great example of sound conservation advocacy.

But, this volume is not comparable with the other titles in the "Wild . . ." series. It is less comprehensive in both the selected areas and content on each. The text itself is relatively superficial. It fails to provide, as do the other volumes, a sound introduction for scientists, conservation managers or others who seek to make a contribution to our knowledge of Borneo. Even the very small bibliography fails to introduce the richness of the literature on Borneo. …

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