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Ch'ien Lee holds a B.Sc. in Biology/Ecology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Having maintained a keen interest in nature since childhood, his enthusiasm has led him to study various subjects ranging from entomology to animal tracking and ethnobotany, and eventually to work as a naturalist and environmental educator in the East Bay Regional Parks in northern California. In 1996, fulfilling a lifelong desire to live in the tropics, he moved to Sarawak (East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo) to work in a program for the propagation of native plant species.

Ch'ien has always considered photography an excellent method to convey ideas and share his fascination about natural subjects encountered during his travels. His hobby became a professional endeavor in 2003. "Borneo is a fantastic place to live if you've got an insatiable interest in nature. It's easy for a photographer to get spoiled by the overwhelming diversity of subjects every time you're out. Of course working in the tropics presents some real obstacles for photography, but it's always worth the effort."

Pitcher-plants (Nepenthes) have been a major focus of his studies for over 14 years. "A lot of my travel over the past decade has been for the documentation of rare Nepenthes and this has taken me to many really remote parts of Southeast Asia." His photographs have appeared in numerous articles and books, and are featured in "Pitcher Plants of Sarawak", "Pitcher Plants of Borneo", and "The Fishes of Kuching Rivers". He is currently a committee member of the Malaysian Nature Society (Kuching Branch), and the Kuching Bird Study Group.
Bornean Slow Loris (Nycticebus menagensis) at night, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518982 Bornean Slow Loris (Nycticebus menagensis) at night, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Baudrier's Chameleon (Furcifer balteatus) female, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
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00565931 Baudrier's Chameleon (Furcifer balteatus) female, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) gliding, Danum Valley Field Center, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551595 Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) gliding, Danum Valley Field Center, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, Lambir Hills National Park, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00441467 Lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, Lambir Hills National Park, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Saturniid Moth (Loepa megacore), Mount Kinabalu National Park, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00441568 Saturniid Moth (Loepa megacore), Mount Kinabalu National Park, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Spotted-winged Fruit Bat (Balionycteris maculata) roosting, Bukit Sarang Conservation Area, Bintulu, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00451104 Spotted-winged Fruit Bat (Balionycteris maculata) roosting, Bukit Sarang Conservation Area, Bintulu, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Leaf Beetle (Trichochrysea hirta) at night, Kubah National Park, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518870 Leaf Beetle (Trichochrysea hirta) at night, Kubah National Park, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Malayan Slug Snake (Asthenodipsas borneensis) juvenile, new species described in 2020, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551659 Malayan Slug Snake (Asthenodipsas borneensis) juvenile, new species described in 2020, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), Aye-Aye Island, Madagascar
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00559774 Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), Aye-Aye Island, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Stream in lowland rainforest, Masoala National Park, Antsiranana, Madagascar
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00559799 Stream in lowland rainforest, Masoala National Park, Antsiranana, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Red Stink Bug (Pycanum rubeus) hatchlings cluster to amplify the effect of their aposematic warning coloration, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551691 Red Stink Bug (Pycanum rubeus) hatchlings cluster to amplify the effect of their aposematic warning coloration, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) mother and young, Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar
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00559804 Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) mother and young, Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) carrying fig, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
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00559833 Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) carrying fig, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Buttress roots on rainforest tree, Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
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00559853 Buttress roots on rainforest tree, Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Asian Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta) female, Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
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00565846 Asian Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta) female, Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
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00565844 Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi), Berenty Private Reserve, Amboasary, Madagascar
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00565901 Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi), Berenty Private Reserve, Amboasary, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Fan Palm (Licuala sp) trees in lowland rainforest, Nimbokrang, New Guinea, Indonesia
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00565882 Fan Palm (Licuala sp) trees in lowland rainforest, Nimbokrang, New Guinea, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Gray Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus) in tree hole, Kirindy Forest, Morondava, Madagascar
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00565914 Gray Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus) in tree hole, Kirindy Forest, Morondava, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Common Flat-tail Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) on tree, Marojejy National Park, Madagascar
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00565918 Common Flat-tail Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) on tree, Marojejy National Park, Madagascar© Chien Lee
White-fronted Brown Lemur (Eulemur fulvus albifrons) male, Marojejy National Park, Madagascar
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00565920 White-fronted Brown Lemur (Eulemur fulvus albifrons) male, Marojejy National Park, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus), leucistic individual, in defensive position, Jakarta, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439648 Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus), leucistic individual, in defensive position, Jakarta, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Jumping Spider (Hyllus sp), Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439654 Jumping Spider (Hyllus sp), Indonesia© Chien Lee
Shrub Frog (Philautus sp) emerging from shelter in Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes harryana) in montane forest, Mount Kinabalu, Kinabalu National Park, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439688 Shrub Frog (Philautus sp) emerging from shelter in Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes harryana) in montane forest, Mount Kinabalu, Kinabalu National Park, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Rajah Spiny Rat (Maxomys rajah) albino individual, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439715 Rajah Spiny Rat (Maxomys rajah) albino individual, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Stick Insect (Calvisia sp), Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439723 Stick Insect (Calvisia sp), Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) male, Bako National Park, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00450775 Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) male, Bako National Park, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Spectral Tarsier (Tarsius tarsier), Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00450900 Spectral Tarsier (Tarsius tarsier), Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis) young, Jakarta, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00450931 Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis) young, Jakarta, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Tokay Gecko (Gecko gecko) in defensive posture, Jakarta, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00450967 Tokay Gecko (Gecko gecko) in defensive posture, Jakarta, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Javanese Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) mimicking leaf, Bogor, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00450974 Javanese Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) mimicking leaf, Bogor, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Slow Loris (Nycticebus kayan) climbing in tree, Bau, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00450978 Slow Loris (Nycticebus kayan) climbing in tree, Bau, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) pair from different colonies confront each other in a territorial display, Lambir Hills National Park, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00451031 Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) pair from different colonies confront each other in a territorial display, Lambir Hills National Park, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Lesser Dawn Bat (Eonycteris spelaea) feeding on nectar, Bukit Sarang Conservation Area, Bintulu, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00451122 Lesser Dawn Bat (Eonycteris spelaea) feeding on nectar, Bukit Sarang Conservation Area, Bintulu, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) juvenile mimics flower, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453277 Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) juvenile mimics flower, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Low's Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes lowii) derives nitrogen nutrients from droppings of Mountain Tree Shrew (Tupaia montana) which are attracted to the nectar secretions, inevitably leaving their scat in t...  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453280 Low's Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes lowii) derives nitrogen nutrients from droppings of Mountain Tree Shrew (Tupaia montana) which are attracted to the nectar secretions, inevitably leaving their scat in t...© Chien Lee
Sunda Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi) female, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453310 Sunda Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi) female, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Ginger (Zingiber spectabile) flowers, Royal Belum State Park, Perak, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453319 Ginger (Zingiber spectabile) flowers, Royal Belum State Park, Perak, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica), Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453415 Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica), Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Tent Caterpillar Moth (Lebeda cognata) female camouflaged in leaf litter, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453446 Tent Caterpillar Moth (Lebeda cognata) female camouflaged in leaf litter, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Looper Moth (Aporandria specularia), Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453457 Looper Moth (Aporandria specularia), Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Waterfalls draining remote highland plateau, Lawas, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453491 Waterfalls draining remote highland plateau, Lawas, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes gracillima) pitcher, Kelantan, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00480525 Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes gracillima) pitcher, Kelantan, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Banded Flower Mantis (Theopropus elegans) female camouflaged on inflorescence of Dusky Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes fusca), Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00480623 Banded Flower Mantis (Theopropus elegans) female camouflaged on inflorescence of Dusky Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes fusca), Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis) plantation in early stage, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518859 African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis) plantation in early stage, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Indian Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) covered with mud, Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518909 Indian Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) covered with mud, Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) female, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518958 Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) female, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda© Chien Lee
Veitch's Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes veitchii) and Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes mira) hybrid, Lindulla, Sri Lanka  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00519057 Veitch's Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes veitchii) and Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes mira) hybrid, Lindulla, Sri Lanka© Chien Lee
Fried Egg Worm (Archipheretima middletoni), Mhojeg Peak, Dinalongan, Luzon Island, Philippines  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00541787 Fried Egg Worm (Archipheretima middletoni), Mhojeg Peak, Dinalongan, Luzon Island, Philippines© Chien Lee
Schultz' Pit Viper (Trimeresurus schultzei) showing red tail tip used for caudal luring, Thumb Peak, Palawan Island, Philippines  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00541789 Schultz' Pit Viper (Trimeresurus schultzei) showing red tail tip used for caudal luring, Thumb Peak, Palawan Island, Philippines© Chien Lee
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