Wildlife Adventures in Borneo

Orangutans, Pygmy Elephants, and the Kinabatangan River

Dean Jais

Not many people can say they’ve introduced the British royal couple to an orangutan and her baby, but Dean can (although he couldn’t get them to shake hands!). Fueled by curiosity and with the jungle as his classroom, Dean started guiding in his late teens. He has spent the last eight years tracking orangutans in the wild and teaching people about rainforest ecology and is an expert in Borneo's birds, insects, and mammals. He says "my favorite place in Borneo is Danum Valley because it is the perfect example of virgin rainforest, teeming with every animal you can dream of." From nature novice to jungle guru, Dean quickly excelled, and went on to  win the esteemed Best Specialized Tour Guide award at The Sabah Tourism Awards in 2015.

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Client Testimonials


Dean is very knowledgeable about his home country and was very interactive with us all. We commented that there were only a couple of questions that he did not immediately know the answer to out of the thousand of questions we asked. He has a very friendly and humble nature, which made us feel very comfortable with all aspects of the trip. He is a credit to his profession.
— Lawrence V., Kailua Kona, HI
Wildlife Adventures in Borneo
Dean has a superlative and encyclopaedic knowledge that he shared with us, a gifted guide and true naturalist—the trip was full of marvels of nature and cultural sharing.
— Melissa S., Kailua Kona, HI
Wildlife Adventures in Borneo
We have been on many guided trips and Dean was the best, bar none. He was friendly, very knowledgeable, and made the trip a better experience.
— Gerald B., Sacramento, CA
Borneo Expedition
Dean was superb—knowledgeable, professional, thoughtful, and fun! He made the trip outstanding.
— Bonnie R., Indianapolis, IN
Borneo Expedition
Dean has wide knowledge of animals, birds, flora, and culture of Borneo and provides all that information to his guests with confidence and humor. He has an amazing ability to site wildlife during the day or on night drives, and truly cares about the guests and is helpful in any way necessary.
— Carol B., Novato, CA
Borneo Expedition