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Borneo, the world's third largest island, holds about 6% of global biodiversity in its rich, tropical forests. It is home to flagship species i.e. Bornean orangutans, Bornean elephants and proboscis monkeys. This island is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Made up of three countries with a land mass of 74.6 million hectares, Borneo’s forests are home to about 250 land mammals species, one quarter of them endemic to the island; about 620 species of birds with 10% endemics; an estimated 15,000 plant species or even more, of which 6,000 are known to be endemic. It is home to the dipterocarps, a commercially and ecologically important tree species, numbering close to 300 species. The rich biological diversity in Borneo is contained within its diverse forest and freshwater ecosystems that are inter-connected. Preserving these forests to maintain a contiguous landscape is important for the long term survival of many wildlife species, else we stand to lose the unique biodiversity of Borneo.

In Borneo, WWF-Malaysia is present in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. We work with the government for the conservation of wildlife and their habitats, across a network of protected areas and sustainably managed forests, and advocate for human livelihood and climate resilience. We empower the people to be custodian of the environment, change business behaviors to adopt sustainable practices and actively promote conservation awareness across all levels of societies.

With forests covering at least 63% of the island, they perform an ecologically important role in carbon sequestration and clean water provision that support lifeforms on earth. To support WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts in Borneo, please click on the 'Support' button