Sumatran Palm Civet


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Sumatran Palm Civet (Paradoxurus musangus)
Clementi Road, 3rd January 2015

This Sumatran Palm Civet was likely killed after getting hit by a motor vehicle. Photos were shared by N. Sivasothi.

The Common Palm Civet was recently split into several species, based on both morphological and molecular studies. The name Paradoxurus hermaphroditus is now restricted to the populations found in India, Indochina, and southern China (henceforth known as the Indian Palm Civet). Common Palm Civets in Singapore are now classified as Sumatran Palm Civet (Paradoxurus musangus), along with those in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Java.

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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

Poor Civet (Paradoxurus musangus) was well run over in Bukit Timah Road. Hazards of animal movement in urban environments.

Source: N. Sivasothi Twitter

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

The female Large-spotted Civet road-kill
Photo: WWF-Malaysia/Christopher Wong

Recent records of Large-spotted Civet Viverra megaspila from Peninsular Malaysia
Muhamad HAMIRUL, Christopher Chai Thiam WONG, Azlan MOHAMED, Ching Fong LAU, Shariff Wan MOHAMAD, Elangkumaran Sagtia SIWAN & D. Mark RAYAN

Abstract: To date there have been few published records of Large-spotted Civet Viverra megaspila across much of its range. It is one of the least known small carnivore species in Peninsular Malaysia, where there have been no published records of this species since 1985. Here we present new photographic evidence of Large-spotted Civet in Peninsular Malaysia from a camera-trap study and a road-killed animal. This represents a significant finding of this species after a lapse of more than 25 years. Our findings also support the suggestion that this species is likely tolerant or has adapted to human disturbance and habitat modification, since both records were found in and around palm oil plantations bordering evergreen forest. However, to what extent it uses palm oil plantations is unknown and further studies are needed to determine this.

Excerpt: A female Large-spotted Civet road-kill (Fig. 3) was found on 24 November 2014, along a 5–6 m wide paved road near Gerik town, Perak state. The road-kill was in an area that was surrounded by palm oil plantations and less than 50 m from human settlements. The closest and largest forest blocks (greater than 100 km2) from the road-kill locality are approximately 3 km to the east (Air Cepam Forest Reserve within the Titiwangsa Mountain Range) and about 4.5 km to the west (Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve within the Bintang Hijau Mountain Range). At the time of discovery at approximately midnight, the carcass was still fresh. The Large-spotted Civet carcass was not collected.

Source: Small Carnivore Conservation 52-53: 74-83