Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sundaland Clouded Leopard Filmed in Sarawak

A friendly little monkey just pointed out that the Dermakot Forest Reserve, where this leopard was filmed, is actually in Sabah - not Sarawak.  Sorry to all Sabahans and Sarawakians for my lack of geography.

Not quite a tiger I know, but a stunningly beautiful creature nonetheless.  

I grabbed this frame from a video I found at BBC Earth News. The Sundaland Leopard (Neofelis diardi) was only identified three years ago as it's an extremely elusive cat.

I had a similar encounter with it's better know relative Neofelis nebulosa some years ago on the road from Raub to the Gap but unfortunately didn't have a camera in the car. Scientists working in the Dermakot Forest Reserve must have been thrilled by this close encounter. 

Two more rare cats, the flat-headed cat and bay cat, were also photographed. 
More reasons to stop chopping down our trees.

Follow this link to read the article and see the video.


Planet of the Monyets said...

Thanks for sharing the article.

Just a minor correction. Dermakot Forest Reserve is in Sabah.

ecowarriorz said...

Oops! That's what comes from not checking the facts!
Thanks for pointing it out. So the Sabahan's get to see this stunning animal...lucky them...weird n wonderful monyets there too!