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

Malaysia: Hunters of Clouded Leopard tracked down thanks to Facebook faux pas
12th December 2015;

Three hunters landed in deep trouble when a Facebook posting of one of them posing with a dead Sunda Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi) went viral recently.

The long arm of the law finally caught up with them in Kapit last week when Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) Sibu dispatched their Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) December 8 after earlier investigative work had identified the probable perpetrators of the offence.

All three men had since admitted to involvement in the hunting incident that led to the killing of the Sunda Clouded Leopard, which is a ‘Totally Protected’ animal in Sarawak.

“One of the hunters, a man in his 30s, had admitted to pulling the trigger and killing the Sunda Clouded Leopard, before disposing of the animal’s carcass in a nearby river. Statements have been recorded from all three men involved and the case has been handed over to the Forest Department for further investigation,” said the SFC in a press statement.

Under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance, 1998, killing a totally protected animal is a serious offense punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years and fine of up to RM50,000.

Source: The Borneo Post

Malaysia: Clouded Leopard found dead in Tawau

24th March 2014;

A protected Sunda Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi) was found dead in Sabah’s east coast town of Tawau.

The Bornean leopard is believed to have been hit by a vehicle while crossing the Kuhara road after it came out from a secondary forest about 2km from the town in search of food.

A Tawau resident, who uploaded a picture of the dead cat on Facebook, said that it was spotted dead on the road at about 9am on Saturday.

Conservationist estimated that there are about 5,000 to 11,000 of the leopards within the forests of Borneo island and they believe that their numbers are fast dwindling.

The Sabah government has placed the leopards in its protection list under the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Enactment.

Sabah Wildlife Department assistant director Dr Sen Nathan said that the leopards were found in most forest areas around Sabah and it was not surprising to find them close to secondary forests near urban centres.

“They usually search for preys like rats. It is a pity that the cat was knocked down,” he said, urging motorist to drive slow in areas frequently used by the animals.

“We also hope that people will just leave the animals alone and let them roam freely within their hab­itats,” he said, adding that the cats were also seen in oil palm estates, as well as secondary forests close to human settlements.

Source: The Star

Malaysia: Clouded Leopard found dead in Tawau