Thursday, September 4, 2008

Borneo by the Numbers

After a 30+ hour trip yesterday, we have finally returned home to Washington. Our trip was a wonderful learning experience about the daily rigors and excitement of field work as well as Borneo conservation issues. We are so grateful to all the wonderful folks who hosted us. We look forward to continuing towork with them and hope to visit again in the future.

As a wrap up for our trip, we have compiled a few statistics:

Total Air Miles Traveled: 21,024

Number of Different Airports Used: 9

Meals with Rice (each): 48

Number of Times Shoes Were Taken Off: At least 210!

Currencies Used: 4 (U.S. dollar, Hong Kong dollar, Singapore dollar, Malaysian ringitt)

Modes of Transport: 13 (plane, bus, subway, train, streetcar, taxi, ferry, tram, 4WD truck, small boat, speedboat, minibus, walking)

Different Types of Mango Preparations Consumed: 8 (milk shake, ice cream, juice, fresh, pudding, chicken, lassi)

Wild Cats Observed: 3 of Borneo's 5 species (leopard cat, flat-headed cat, marbled cat)

Primate Species Observed: 7 (orangutan, proboscis monkey, long-tailed macaque, pig-tailed macaque, red leaf monkey, silver leaf monkey, slow loris; heard gibbons)

Hornbill Species Observed: 5 (pied, black, rhinoceros, wreathed, pouched; heard helmeted)

Leech Bites: 2


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