Tufted ground squirrel
I am sorry if it looks like I’ve overtaken this blog recently, but I think this will be of interest to many people. There is a new paper on the diet of tufted ground squirrel, a much-sought Bornean endemic. It is based on numerous sightings in Gunung Palung NP in W Kalimantan, so I asked one of the authors if it’s a particularly good place to see the squirrel. Apparently, it is, and there are two others: Gunung Tambuyukon in Sabah and Lanjak Entimau in Sarawak. I have to admit I’ve never heard of either of them.
I have climbed the mountain twice. It is long and arduous and often the wettest part of the Kinabalu park.
Superb unique pitcher plants near summit and views of Mt K itself. There are orangutans in the forest at lower
Sabah Parks has a sub station there called Monggis. It has camping and basic room and kitchen facilities and would
make a fine base to stay and explore from. Any serious time on the trails would require a local guide – perhaps 100 myr
or more per day.
Climbing up there are a number of campsites where you would need to be self sufficent.
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Gunung means mountain in Malay/Indonesian. Tambuyukon is 12km north of Kinabalu, and in the same mountain range and park. Just looking at a map there appears to be a “nature resort” just to the east of it, might be worth checking out as a base to explore this area.