A Journey into the Heart of Borneo

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In 1977 the interior of Borneo was a pristine rainforest inhabited by uncontacted indigenous tribes and virtually tame wildlife. It was into this ‘Garden of Eden’ that Hanbury-Tenison led one of the largest ever Royal Geographical Society expeditions, an extraordinary scientific undertaking which illuminated how vital rainforests are to our planet. Much of what was once a virgin paradise is now a monocultural desert, devastated by logging and the forced settlement of nomadic tribes, where traditional ways of life and unimaginably rich and diverse species are slowly being driven to extinction. This is a record of the expedition, termed by the author as ‘a happy and glorious affair’.

. . . an elegy and a testimony to the folly of greed. WADE DAVIS