ABOVE: Bornean Black-banded Squirrel Callosciurus orestes photographed at Kinabalu Park HQ. Seven species of tree squirrels, 3 ground squirrels and three species of flying Squirrels have been recorded from the forest around Park HQ. This is the most diverse assemblage of co-occurring squirrels found anywhere in the world and is obviously related to the fact that Kinabalu hosts the most diverse forest in the world.
The squirrels that a visitor is most likely to see around Kinabalu Park HQ and on the summit trail are the three generalist species that are attracted to dustbins and feed on human food scraps; In order of abundance these are;
Bornean Mountain Ground Squirrel Dremomys everetti
Black-banded Squirrel Callosciurus orestes
Jentink’s Squirrel Sundasciurus jentinki