Finding Eden: A Journey into the Heart of Borneo

October 30, 2020
Finding Eden: A Journey into the Heart of Borneo

Fifty years ago the interior of Borneo was a pristine, virginrainforest inhabited by uncontacted indigenous tribes and naïve,virtually tame, wildlife. It was into this 'Garden of Eden' thatRobin Hanbury Tenison led one of the largest ever RoyalGeographical Society expeditions, an extraordinary undertakingwhich triggered the global rainforest movement and illuminated, forthe first time, how vital rainforests are to our planet. For 15months, Hanbury Tenison and a team of some of the greatestscientists in the world immersed themselves in a place and a way oflife that is on the cusp of extinction. Much of what was once awildlife paradise is now a monocultural desert, devastated bylogging and the forced settlement of nomadic tribes, wheretraditional ways of life and unimaginably rich and diverse speciesare slowly being driven to extinction. This is a story for ourtime, one that reminds us of the fragility of our planet and of theurgent need to preserve the last untamed places of the world.