Borneo is the only tropical land where tigers, rhinos, orangutans, and elephants live together and recent discovery has shown that it is also home to the world’s tallest tropical tree!
The tree – which belongs in the Shorea Genus class – is located in a protected forest reserve in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo and reaches a height of 94.1metre (309 feet).
That’s as tall as FIVE sperm whales being stacked from end to end!
Greg Asner of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) shared the new ground-breaking discovery at the 2016 International Heart of Borneo Conference earlier this week, National Geographic reports.
“This tallest tropical tree and the 49 runner-up, is truly phenomenal expressions of the power of nature,” Asner shared with Mongabay, an environmental science and conservation news and information site.
“Conservation needs inspiration and these sentinels of the Bornean jungle provide that to us. This discovery is a gift to science, to the people of Sabah and Borneo, and to the world.”
Prior to the discovery, researchers believed that the 89.5 metre (294 feet) in Maliau Basin was the tallest tree but a concurrent laser scanning across Sabah’s forests proved their assumption wrong.
Although researchers have discovered the world’s tallest tropical tree on a hillside in Danum Valley, the California redwoords are still the tallest known trees – measuring up to 116 metres tall (380 feet).