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!

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Photograph by Tan Heok Hui

Malay Civet (Viverra tangalunga) near Jemaluang, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia

Location: East Coast Highway at 257 km from Kuantan and 72 km from Johor Bahru, near Jemaluang, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.

Habitat: Metalled road fringed by oil palm plantation and remnant freshwater swamp-forest.

Date and time: 21 October 2009, 09:20 hrs.

Description of observation: One example of about 50 cm head-body length was found on the side of the road, having apparently succumbed from collision with a vehicle. Hair was falling off the carcass, suggesting the
animal had been dead for more than a day.

Remarks: The Malay Civet is known to occur in both primary and disturbed forests up to 1100 metres elevation, and is also found in plantations and near villages adjacent to forest. This omnivorous animal is largely terrestrial and generally solitary in habits (Jennings & Veron, 2009: 212).


  • Jennings, A. P. & G. Veron, 2009. Family Viverridae (civets, genets and oyans). In: Wilson, D. E. & R. A. Mittermeier (eds.). Handbook of the Mammals of the World. Vol. 1. Carnivores. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Pp. 174-232

Source: Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records 2016: 36