Daily Decay (3rd March 2018)

Daily Decay (3rd March 2018): Skull of Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus) @ Buona Vista

This skull of a Domestic Cat was found along the KTM railway tracks that run through Buona Vista, back when the trains still travelled along this stretch. It had most probably been killed by a passing train.

World Wildlife Day 2018

World Wildlife Day falls on 3rd March every year, and it’s a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The theme for World Wildlife Day in 2018 is “Big cats: predators under threat”. Big cats, and their smaller relatives, are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, today these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade.

In Singapore, both the Tiger (Panthera tigris) and Leopard (Panthera pardus) were wiped out, but the Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) still survives. However, it too is threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and fragmentation. The roads that run along and through our forest fragments take their toll. For example, it was feared that the Leopard Cat had become extinct in mainland Singapore, until 2001, when a roadkill was found in Mandai, on the fringes of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Another roadkill was reported from Jalan Bahar, along the edge of the Western Catchment, in 2007.

Roads also threaten Leopard Cats and other wildlife in Peninsular Malaysia – even big cats are not spared. There are two notable recent incidents: in February 2016, a Malayan Tiger was hit by a car as it crossed the East Coast Expressway Phase 2 in Terengganu, which cuts through a forest reserve. A necropsy revealed that it was a pregnant tigress. And in June 2017, a melanistic Leopard (typically called a ‘black panther’) was found dead along Jalan Sungai Yu-Merapoh in Pahang, not far from an eco-viaduct that serves as a wildlife crossing.

Over the past century we have been losing wild cats, among the planet’s most majestic predators, at an alarming rate. World Wildlife Day 2018 gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about their plight and to galvanize support for the many global and national actions that are underway to save these iconic species.

Photo credits: Leopard Cat roadkill by Charith Pelpola
Tiger and Leopard roadkills from New Straits Times

Malaysia: Man, protector of wildlife, kills 1,914 wild animals in road accidents since 2011

14th July 2016;

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said today that Man, who has the responsibility of protecting wildlife, has killed 1,914 wild animals such as Civets (F. Viverridae), Wild Boars (Sus scrofa vittatus), Marbled Cats (Pardofelis marmorata) and Tapirs (Tapirus indicus) in road accidents since 2011.

Mammals were among the wildlife with the most number killed in these accidents, and they totalled 1,110, he said.

These protected species were killed on federal, state and municipal roads involving 61 road and highway networks in the whole country, he said in a statement here.

“This conflict between man and wildlife can be averted if operators of development and utility projects have a high level of concern about the importance of wildlife and their conservation and protection.

"We have to understand that wildlife depend totally on us to protect them and that they too have a right to live on this earth,” he said.

Wan Junaidi said the department had taken several proactive measures to address the issue, among them installing 236 wildlife crossing road signs at 133 hotspots in peninsular Malaysia.

“These road signs remind motorists to slow down their vehicles at these spots,” he said.

He also said that 37 transverse bar sets and 24 units of solar amber light had been installed at eight locations along the Central Forest Spine.

“The department has also build viaducts for wildlife crossing at three wildlife corridor locations, in Sungai Deka, Terengganu; Sungai Yu, Pahang and Gerik, Perak, to address the ‘roadkill’ problem,” he said.

Source: New Straits Times

Malaysia: Man, protector of wildlife, kills 1,914 wild animals in road accidents since 2011

The Pahang Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) personnel recording details of the dead Tapir along Jalan Kuantan-Gambang on July 11, 2016.

Source: The Sun Daily

Malaysia: Five highways and roads identified as ‘roadkill hotspots’
By Hashini Kavishtri Kannan, 13th July 2016;

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has identified five highways and stretches as ‘roadkill hotspots.’

The roads are the Kuala Lipis to Gua Musang stretch, Kulai to Kota Tinggi, Gua Musang to Kuala Krai, Taiping to Selama and the East Coast Expressway 2.

In a statement today, its minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said 1,914 wild animals were killed throughout the country from 2011.

Mammals make up the highest number with 1,110 kills. The animals ranged from Foxes (possibly Civets?) (F. Viverridae), Wild Boar (Sus scrofa), Leopard Cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) and Tapir (Tapirus indicus).

Based on the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) records, 61 roads and highways in the country have recorded roadkill cases.

His statement came about following recent reports that a Tapir was killed at KM25 of the Kuantan-Gambang stretch in Pahang.

“It was learnt that area adjacent to the road was a forest where parts of it were being developed for housing project,” he said.

Wan Junaidi said human-wildlife conflict could be avoided if developers understood the importance of conserving wildlife.

“I hope developers, in the future, will be more concerned and avoid development along highways and roads which cross forested areas.

"They should also build elevated roads, animal viaducts, tunnels and special pathways on highways for animal crossing purposes.

Perhilitan, he said, must also erect more signboards on animal crossings, transverse bars, as well as solar amber lights at locations where the number of roadkills are high.

"Perhilitan has installed 236 signboards at 133 hotspots throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

"A total of 37 sets of transverse bars and 24 units of solar amber lights have been installed at four animal crossings at the Central Forest Spine (CFS) area.

"Animal viaducts have also been built at three locations; Sungai Deka, Terengganu; Sungai Yu, Pahang; and Gerik, Perak,” he said.

Source: New Straits Times

To get to Wehea forest, PROFAUNA’s activists have to pass Kelay forest where carcasses of wild animals struck by palm oil trucks are a common sight. Often times our activists stopped and buried the remains to prevent people from taking advantage of the remaining body parts. So sad!

Source: ProFauna Facebook, via ProFauna Indonesia 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

Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus)
Kranji Dam, 24th February 2015

This Domestic Cat carcass was found by Riane Brittany Francisco and Sarah Marie Pascoe. It had clearly been out in the open for some time.

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