Friday, January 23, 2009

postheadericon Flat-headed cat photographed in Danum

Last April we obtained our first (and to date only) photograph of a flat-headed cat. This is the first time this species has been photographed within the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve and this record means that the Ulu Segama is the first known forest on Borneo where there is definitive evidence of the existence of the entire 5-species Bornean felid guild. The flattie was photo-captured in an area of primary forest about 300m away from the Danum Valley Field Centre buildings. To date we have collected over a thousand leopard cat and over two hundred Sunda clouded leopard photos, which demonstrates just how rare this little cat is. The flattie’s conservation status was raised to endangered earlier this year by the IUCN: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/18148