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Journey to Borneo

From December 1–11, 2017 the Houston Zoo and Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 are traveling to southeast Asia and the island of Borneo to document the work you are supporting to protect the counterparts of the wildlife that you see when you visit the Zoo. Houston Zoo conservation associates who have dedicated their careers to protecting elephants, orangutans, pangolins and a whole host of other amazing species on the world’s third largest island will give us an in-depth look at what it means to save species from extinction. On this page, you can follow their exciting journey around the world, go behind the scenes, and learn more about how you can save animals in the wild.


The Latest Update from Borneo

SMG’s Borneo Travel Log, Thursday

Check back for more updates daily from Borneo!

Photos from The Trip

Thursday's update from SMG's trip to Borneo is up now! https://www.houstonzoo.org/saving-wildlife/journey-to-borneo/
The crew followed their guide Coco bushwacking through some super-dense forest on a trek to see Bornean elephants!  Read all about it on SMG's travel log: https://www.houstonzoo.org/blog/smgs-borneo-travel-log-wednesday/
"CROCODILE!" Learn about the catching (and releasing) of this massive reptile on SMG's Borneo Travel Log: https://www.houstonzoo.org/blog/smgs-borneo-travel-log-tuesday/
Farinha using radio telemetry to try to fidn teh elephants on Monday afternoon. No luck today, we'll try again tomorrow.
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Support Our Efforts

Texans can help save Bornean animals in the wild by shopping smart and only buying from companies that support sustainable palm oil practices. You can also help by donating, or simply by visiting the Houston Zoo; a portion of every ticket to the Houston Zoo goes to efforts like this helping to save animals in Borneo and around the world.


Conservationists & Explorers: KPRC and the Houston Zoo

Who’s on the trip:

  • Peter Riger, VP Conservation & Education, Houston Zoo
  • Ryan Draper, PR Manager, Houston Zoo
  • Justin Stapleton, Reporter & Meteorologist, KPRC 2
  • Dawn Campbell, Executive Producer, KPRC 2
  • Allen Reid, Photographer, KPRC 2

Researchers in the Field

Who is in the field:

  • Dr. Benoit Goossens, Director Danau Girang Field Centre, Cardiff University School of Biosciences, Advisor to Sabah Wildlife Department
  • Nurzhfarina “Farina” Othman, PhD Candidate, Cardiff University, Houston Zoo Conservation Associate
  • Elisa Panjang, PhD Candidate, Cardiff University &  Pangolin Conservation Officer at the Field Centre, Houston Zoo Wildlife Warrior
  • Meaghan Harris-Evans, Assistant Scientific Officer and PhD Researcher, Kinabatangan Carnivore Program, Houston Zoo Conservation Associate
  • Dr. Marc Ancrenaz, Director, Hutan-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Program (KOCP)
  • Eddie Ahmad, Research Assistant at Hutan-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Program (KOCP), Houston Zoo Wildlife Warrior
  • Ravinder Kaur, Malaysian Hornbill Researcher

More Stories from Borneo


Animals at the Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo recently welcomed a new orangutan addition: Pumpkin arrived from Jackson, Mississippi late last year. Find Out All About Pumpkin.

Our Asian elephants are a cousin to the Bornean elephants, a subspecies who inhabit northeastern Borneo. Our elephant herd makes their home in the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat Complex, a region of the Houston Zoo with three large habitat areas, two spacious barns and two refreshing and expansive pools sized for elephants to splash and bathe in. Meet the Elephants and See their Habitat

Where in the World is Borneo?

Borneo is the third-largest island in the world. It is shared by three nations and includes the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei.