Thursday, September 25, 2008


The genus Haeromys consists of three species which are Haeromys margarettae, H. pusillus and H. minahassae. From these three species only two species of it’s occurs in Borneo; H. margarettae and H. pusillus. There are only a few informations about the Bornean climbing mice especially from the genus Haeromys. As far as I know there were only a few records of its occurrences has been made (For more information about this genus, go to the Mammals Species of The World websites). There is a story that I want to share about my own experienced catching this rare seen climbing mouse.

Back in August 2006, I was assist bird’s group at one of the peat-swamp forest (conservation area). One night, we were going out for night survey. We paddle up along the river using two boats. As usual I will become very excited; however I was a little bit upset because after a while we didn’t spot any animals. An hour later we spot a few frogs and one of our members thought he saw eyes of leopard cat but we are not sure of that. Suddenly our boatmen told us he saw a frog eating a rat. When I heard it, I become very eager to know what rat is that. Why it is eaten by frog? Sound not make sense to me. We move our boat towards the eyes of the animals. As we come closer then we realize that is a climbing mouse. I admit that I am still not familiar with identification of wild animals that year. It is just my 10th months of working here. It was my colleague that identifies it. He seems to be very sure what it is. The mouse hides underneath of the dead leaves and it is just keep quite there. We push each other to catch that little creature but none of us go forward. After a while the mouse climb up the small trees and it’s already above our head. When it’s moves, we can see clearly that the tail is very long. It is almost 150% from its body length. We don’t want to lose it so my friend shakes the small tree and poor mouse, its fall down into the river. However, we still not brave enough to grab it. Its climb back to the river bank and I lost my patient. Without thinking twice I grab that small creature with my bare hand. Even though I was afraid it will bite me but if I didn’t do it who else wants to do it. When my friend told me that is a new record for our area, it makes me more eager to take it back.

That little creature is not that kind to me, it bite me when I try to move it into a bag.’s painful but I am glad that we have it. We bring it back to our camp and we use our field guide book to identify this little creature. After take the measurements we are sure it is Ranee Mouse (Haeromys margarettae) but still a little bit confusion with the Sundaic Haeromys (Haeromys pusillus). This is because we are using A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo (Payne et al, 1998) and its only has description for H. margarettae. Lucky the freelance nature photographer ( join our trip and he took a few shots of this animal. The photos that I have here are taken by him.

So, my advice to everyone that have passion and very keen to know about wildlife out there please put your safety as your priority when you are in the field. It was my stupidity that makes this little creature bite me and lucky it didn’t bring any disease. Now, I learn a lot of things when I am in the jungle. Safety is the best policy.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


In Dec 2007 one workshop has been organized by GP-Con and we are invovled in running that events. We are very lucky to have Datuk Lat as our guest artist and teach us on how to produce a cartoon. This events was organized for primary and secondary students around Bintulu.

I am trying to draw a cartoon based on my own work which is small mammals trapping and also a story of camera trapping. The kids next to me draw something really interesting. She imagine that all the monkeys come out from behind the trees to take a good photos using the camera traps. Iit is just like a Monkey Party. Kids really imaginative.

I took a photo with Datuk Lat holding my very best cartoon. heheheh..and guest what? Datuk Lat take it back home for his reference regarding our work in Conservation. That drawings that i made was about incidence that happen during our team set up a camera traps.

This is Datuk Lat drawings and the last scene was draw by one of the participants. This students can draw very well and have a crazy ideas since cartoon have to be funny and catchy but still have moral in it.

This our group photo with Datuk Lat before his departure from Bintulu. We have a great time with him even though it is only for two days.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Before this I was thinking of writing according to my plan. But then, I realize that when I write freely what I have in my mind at that time, it is more alive and I can share my ideas, information and perspective with others more. I would like to share my experienced and my journey in my current job. It is my dream job and for those who read my blog from the beginning you can see how I get where I am now. Without hard work, patient and the most important is NEVER GIVE UP I will end up doing something else now.

Been through this almost three years experienced teaches me a lot of things and it does built my personality as well. I become more sensitive with our nature and eager to know more about it. I still remember one of our collaborators and now I can say he is one of my friends ask me WHY I WANT TO BECOME A BIOLOGIST? I told him that there were a lot of foreign biologists in Sarawak and only a few local people. I want to know what we have in our rainforest as much as those foreign biologists know. That spirit and passion leads me to keep going and grow in this field.