International Society For Endangered Cats

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News From The Field: Observations of the Flat-headed Cat

Wild cats can’t be saved without knowing what they need to survive in their natural habitat. What kind of habitat do they use? What are their activity patterns & social organizations? Without data collected by field biologists, conservation programs can’t be put in place. To further our educational efforts, we are posting regular Monday summaries of a paper written by wild cat field biologists, which briefly outlines their findings.

Despite being one of only six wild cat species currently classified by the IUCN as endangered, the flat-headed cat Prionailurus planiceps has received relatively little conservation attention and is arguably the least known of all the world’s wild cats. Camera traps are increqasingly being used throughout the historical range of this species (Peninsular Thailand and Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra), yet it is infrequently recorded, raising concern as to its status. Here we provide details of three recent observations of flat-headed cats in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected but highly fragmented and degraded collection of forest patches along the Kinabatangan river in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Andrew J Hearn, Joanna Ross, Benoit Goossens, Marc Ancrenaz and Laurentius Ambu

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