National Geographic : 1997 Aug
Fragile refuge on a crowded earth Two hundredfeet off the ground,luxuriant treetops laced with epiphytes create a canopy of infinite shades of green. The airbelow, heavy with humidity, makes us feel asifwe arecampedinacon fining hothouse rather than a conservationarea of some 100,000 acres. Alighting on a lianaat eye level, a black-naped monarch flycatcherfeeds its chick. One hard rain could sweep these creaturesaway,just as one crucialchange in theforest's complex web of existence could wipe out their habitatin this partof southern Asia. On a trip to Mount Kina balu, I spot a Low's pitcher plant. Found only on the island of Borneo, its survival is even more uncertain.