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Sunda Leopard Cat

Sunda Leopard Cat

The Sunda Leopard Cat (Prionailurus javanensis) has recently been split by the IUCN Cat Specialist Group. For me this was one of the least difficult cats I ever searched for. They also get reported on pretty much every tripreport if people searched in the right areas for mammals. I saw my first in Danum Valley, but that went a bit fast. Luckily in Deramakot there were many good sightings.

The first in Deramakot was a bit at a distance, but with this picture I was quite satisfied.

After that we had some sightings of the animal in the high grass. A thermal camera came in handy for these ones. Fortunately the Leopard Cats are not very shy and that made them good targets for photography.

The best sighting however was this one.

This animal showed itself very well during five minutes, while it was looking around a bit. The cat was following an Island Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) hoping to pick up some scraps after it. So not a very rare or difficult cat, but it also feels good sometimes to get a really good look at one! After that I had some more sightings among which a pair that was calling to each other.

Rather prefer a bit more spectacular cats? Have a look at Marbled Cat, Sunda Clouded Leopard or Flat-headed Cat!


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