Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bay cat in Sabah

During our trip in Malaysia earlier this year we met a couple of fellow wildlife enthousiasts in Borneo.

They had some info that may be of interest for other mammalwatchers.

They had spent a few days in a forest reserve called Deramakot.

In this reserve they experiment with sustainable logging and more importantly for mammalwatchers, it seems to be a very good place to see some rare species.

A camera trapping study revealed the presence of flat-headed cat, clouded leopard, otter civet, hairy-nosed otter, banded palm civet, sun bear and tembadau.

Our friends hired the jeep of the rangers (with driver) for a whole day for 400 RM.

They were mainly after elephants and orangutans.

Although they saw plenty of elephant tracks and old orangutan nests, they did not see their targets in the reserve.

During spotlighting they did see a bay cat!!!

They got a very good look at it as the ranger’s initial determination was flat-headed cat but the animal was too big and uniformly colored to be any other species.

Unfortunately they did not get a picture of it…

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