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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Brunei

Geography

Bruneian Geography - Waters surrounding Brunei
Waters surrounding Brunei

Brunei is a small nation on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is divided into a couple sections, all of which are surrounded by both the country of Malaysia as well as the South China Sea, which sits to the country's north.

Brunei is divided into two main sections in northern Borneo. Both sections are fairly hilly inland and swampy along the coasts. The break in the country belongs to Malaysia and is where the Limbang River flows into the sea.

Weather

Brunei is a small country whose weather is almost entirely dependent on their two major seasons. The dry season runs from about May to September as temperatures soar to between 75-95° F (24-35° C). From October to about April is the wet season, when temperatures dip to about 70-82° F (21-28° C) and, as the name would suggest, rain is regular and humidity rises.

Wildlife

Bruneian Wildlife - Saltwater crocodile
Saltwater crocodile

Despite the country's small size, Brunei has great wildlife diversity and density. The small country is home to monkeys, elephants, orangutans, leopards, and dozens of rodents like the squirrel. Among the sea life, most animals live in the country's swamps or in the nearby sea. This diversity is huge in the open waters and includes tuna, mackerel, marlin, barracuda, crab, prawn, and sharks. This diversity is even greater surrounding the coral reefs just off the coast.

The bird life is fairly dependent on either the water or the forests in Brunei so there are numerous water fowls and woodland birds; these birds include kingfishers, eagles, storks, and woodpeckers. The reptilian and amphibian life is impressive for a small country and includes turtles, crocodiles, and lizards among many others.

This page was last updated: April, 2013