Rare Cat Footage from Borneo


The Sundaland Clouded Leopard was only discovered three years ago. Incredible. And exciting. Unfortunately, like so many wild cat species, it is endangered.

Sundaland Clouded Leopard

In fact, until now no footage of this cat in the wild has be captured (except brief footage taken by a tourist which was never made public).

Watch this unique glimpse – since the Sundaland Clouded Leopard is so rare, you may not have this opportunity again.

Andreas Wilting of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, Germany.

Wilting is leader of a project that evaluates how changes to the forest
in the Malaysian part of Borneo impact carnivores living there. As part of that project, the team places a network of camera traps in the forest, that automatically photograph passing animals.

After 11 months of not capturing a single Clouded Leopard, that’s how the very rare Sundaland Clouded Leopard was caught, just walking on the side of a road.

Until 2007, all clouded leopards living in Asia were thought to belong to a single species. However, genetic studies revealed that there are actually two quite distinct clouded leopard species. As well as the better known Clouded Leopard living on the Asian mainland (Neofelis nebulosa), scientists determined that a separate Clouded Leopard species lives on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

Flat-Headed Cat

In their surveys, they also caught photos of three other

Bornean Bay Cat

secretive cats: the Flat-Headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps), Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) and Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata).

Marbled Cat

Everyone knows about Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Jaguar, Cougar (Mountain Lion) and Cheetah – but the small cats of the world are diminishing fast. One may be gone before anything is really known.