Drive carefully at night!

You never know a Pangolin or another animal, in this case a Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi borneensis), might be crossing and you might accidentally kill it because animals are not like humans who look left and right and then cross.

In summary:

  • Specimen: Clouded Leopard
  • Young adult (with milk teeth still intact)
  • 166cm snout to tip of tail (actual measurement)
  • Approximately 20kg
  • Collector: Iena

Broken ribs and right lung punctured due to impact with the oncoming car.

Country Brunei Darussalam

Thank you Iena for making sure its death did not go in vain. Body parts were donated to UBD and a local Vocational school.

Source: 1StopBorneo Wildlife

One of our followers found a Sea Turtle carcass between Berakas beach and Tungku beach last Friday while practising for our running event.

“This look like a juvenile Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). From the bruises it looks like it has been entangled on a fishing net then it drowned.” as told by our Malaysian sea turtle expert counterpart.

Brunei is known for its foraging area for these Sea Turtles. Hawksbills are considered a critically endangered species in the world. If you find dead Sea Turtles or selling of turtle eggs, contact us.

RIP poor animal.

Source: Beach Bunch Facebook, via 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

Please drive carefully everyone especially during the night. Most animals are nocturnal and they become active in the evenings. They are not as vigilant as humans so we have to be extra careful while driving.

Dead Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) / Kuching Hutan on Jalan Labi.
Photo by Matthew

Source: 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

Those who have attended our educational talks know what this is! It’s a Moonrat (Echinosorex gymnura), also known as Haji Bulan locally.

Their anal glands produce a powerful scent, resembling ammonia or rotten garlic and can be smelled from several meters away!

Bud said that this was his first encounter with a Moonrat and sadly this one was roadkilled!

What about you? Have you encountered a Haji Bulan before? Let us know! 🙂

Photo credits: Bud Chapman

Source: 1StopBrunei Wildlife Instagram

ROADKILL!

Some sad news. Around 11.30 pm, we were informed of a beautiful otter being run over. It was so sad to see this pregnant female die. We will give the carcass to the Museum department soon. Please drive carefully Brunei. This was in Bandar, near the Old Bolkiah cinema. It had a friend which was clearly upset and traumatised. Thanks Keeran Janin for informing us and trying to scare the other otter to the river.

Source: 1Stop Brunei Wildlife Facebook

Based on the size of the animal, it’s possible that this was an Asian Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea).

ROAD KILLS! Cautious driving Brunei! Cautious Driving!

Very unsightly Brunei! This is very disturbing and disappointing news to share.

Road kills are one of the main causes of wildlife deaths in addition to habitat loss, poaching etc. It may be unavoidable if the animal had ran across unexpectedly, but with a little caution while driving, we could have spared the animal.

This unsightly picture of the otter was taken by one of our members along the Sungai Liang highway today. Don’t speed, drive safe. All of us can make a difference.

Source: BruWILD: Brunei Natural History Society Facebook, via 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

Meryl Theng has identified this roadkill as a rare Hairy-nosed Otter (Lutra sumatrana), based on the white throat patch and the absence of a lighter underside, which are characteristic of the other Otter species present in Borneo – the Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) and Asian Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinereus).

Very sad news Brunei!

A dead turtle has been spotted at Serasa Beach.

It looks like it was hit by a boat.

Please be careful in Brunei waters if you are on a boat.

Sad loss – does anyone have more information on this?

Source: 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

This might be a Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas).