Borneo Bay Cat Catopuma badia

Borneo Bay Cat Catopuma badia

Borneo Bay Cat Catopuma badia


Indonesia, Malaysia

Brunei (Presence unknown)

The Borneo Bay Cat appears to be forest dependent, with records from hill and lowland forest as well as swamp forest (Meijaard 1997, Azlan et al. 2003, Hearn 2003, Bricknell 2003, Azlan and Sanderson 2007, Yasuda et al. 2007, Sastramidjaja et al. in press, Hearn et al. submitted). They have been recorded from selectively logged forest of various levels of disturbance (Nowell and Jackson 1996, Bricknell 2003, Hearn 2003, Kitchener et al. 2004, Meijaard et al. 2005, Ross et al. 2010, Hon 2011, Wearn et al. 2013, Mathai et al. 2014, Sastramidjaja et al. in press, Hearn et al. unpublished data), but was estimated to occur at lower local abundance in logged forests than in unlogged forest (Brodie et al. 2015). The Borneo Bay Cat was not recorded during an intensive, felid-focused camera trap survey of oil palm plantations in Sabah (Ross et al. 2010, Yue et al. in press) The Borneo Bay Cat, a Bornean endemic, remains one of the least known and infrequently recorded of the world’s wild cats, hindering efforts to assess their conservation needs and status.

One of the rarest and least known #cat species in #Borneo is the Borneo Bay Cat. Endangered on @IUCNredlist from #palmoil #deforestation #hunting in Sabah we can save them when we #Boycott4Wildlife read more about them

Habitat loss due to commercial logging and conversion to oil palm plantations pose the greatest threat to the Bay Cat. Oil palm plantations are likely to expand in the future as a result of the push for biofuels, and forest cover on the island of Borneo, if current deforestation rates continue, is projected to decline from 50% to less than one-third by 2020 (Rautner et al. 2005).

IUCN red list

Poaching, particularly the use of snares, poses a significant threat. Wildlife traders are aware of the species’ rarity, and Bay Cats have been captured illegally from the wild for the skin and pet markets (Sunquist and Sunquist 2002, Kitchener et al. 2004, Azlan and Sanderson 2007).

Further Information

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Hearn, A., Brodie, J., Cheyne, S., Loken, B., Ross, J. & Wilting, A. 2016. Catopuma badia (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T4037A112910221. Downloaded on 25 January 2021.

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