Wild cat species of Malaysia

Malaysia is in the Far East and the Far East is good for wild cat species but it is getting worse because of human population growth which leads to all sorts barriers to the survival of the wild cats such as housing developments, deforestation, mining, poaching, roads, modifications to the habitat to accommodate humans and so on. Perhaps the worst of these is deforestation for wood pulp to make products for Westerners like toilet paper! Yes. Borneo is ravaged and wrecked from the standpoint of wildlife habitat by deforestation.

Bay cat
The rare Bay cat which is becoming extinct due to deforestation. This is one of the wild cat species of Malaysia.
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However, Malaysia is blessed with many wild cat species. Malaysia compromises the Malaysia Peninsular and Sarawak and Sabah which is part of the world’s third largest (excluding Australia) island of Borneo.

Malaysia map
Malaysia map

At the date of this post the wild cat species of Malaysia are as follows:

Tiger (Panthera tigris) – present in the Peninsular Malaysia.

Leopard (Panthera pardus) – Malaysia Peninsular.

Clouded leopard (Neifelis nebulosa) – Malaysia Peninsular.

Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) – Malaysia (peninsular plus Sarawak and Sabah).

Marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata) – Malaysia (peninsular plus Sarawak and Sabah).

Flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps) – Malaysia (peninsular plus Sarawak and Sabah).

Asiatic golden cat – (Catopuma temminckii) – Malaysia Peninsular.

Borneo bay cat – (Catopuma badia) – Sarawak and Sabah.

All the above species are discussed in full on this website. It is easy to find the information. Use the navigation bar at the top of the page and select wild cat species:

Click for wild cat species
Click for wild cat species

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