In Borneo, Hunger for Logs, Pigs, and Bird Are Intertwined

When John Rowden asks local villagers on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo what they know about the Bulwer’s pheasant, the first thing most people say is that the bird is delicious.

That is not an answer Rowden savors. The ornithologist with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society is also a curator of animals at the Central Park Zoo. Since 1999 Rowden has traveled to Borneo several times a year to learn as much as he can about the elusive pheasant.