Scientists Capture One of the World’s Rarest Big Cats on Film
by Jeremy Hance
Less than a hundred kilometers from the bustling metropolis of Jakarta, scientists have captured incredible photos of one of the world’s most endangered big cats: the Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas). Taken by a research project in Gunung Halimun-Salak National Park, the photos show the magnificent animal relaxing in dense primary rainforest. Scientists believe that fewer than 250 mature Javan leopard survive, and the population may be down to 100…
(read more: MongaBay) (photos: Age Kridalaksana/CIFOR)
Cats on the Brink - Endangered Felids: Bornean Bay Cat
by Jaymi Heimbuch
This is the Bay Cat, and it may disappear from the planet before we even learn anything about it. This, like the flat-headed cat, is not a well-studied species and researchers know very little about it. Indeed, it wasn’t even photographed until 1998! The Bay cat is found only in Borneo, and is quickly disappearing due to the deforestation of its habitat for commercial logging and oil palm plantations. Only an estimated 2,500 of these cats exist, and the population is in decline. This may be a species that remains a mystery until it disappears.
Rhino populations in Sumatra, Borneo should be combined to save Sumatran rhino from extinction
by MongaBay staff
A new study argues for treating endangered Sumatran populations in Borneo and Sumatra as “a single conservation unit”, lending academic support to a controversial proposal to move wild rhinos from Malaysia to Indonesia.
The paper, authored by an international team of rhino experts and published in the journal Oryx, says that genetic differences between the island populations are minimal. Given the dire straights of the species — the wild population is estimated at less than 100 individuals — the researchers argue that ensuring the Sumatran rhino’s survival takes precedence over preserving what little genetic diversity remains between populations…
Also known as the Teledu, Malay or Javan stink badger or the Indonesian stink badger, the Sunda stink badger is not a badger but a species of skunk found on the Islands of Borneo, Java and Sumatra. Like other skunks the Sunda stink badger is a nocturnal omnivore and feeds on small insects and other small invertebrates. The Sunda stink badger is notoriously known for the foul smelling liquid which it can secret from its anal gland, which is especially strong when compared to other skunk species.
Malaysia May Lend Rhinos to Indonesia to Save Species From Extinction
by Monga Bay staff
Conservationists and officials meeting last month at a rhino crisis summit in Singapore agreed to a radical plan to loan Sumatran rhinos between nations if it means saving the critically endangered species from extinction.
The proposal, which could still be thwarted by red tape and political opposition, could lead Malaysia to send some of its Sumatran rhinos to semi-captive breeding facilities in Indonesia.
“I will bring to my government for approval whatever I and other Sumatran rhino experts feel are the best recommendations for specific actions. If that involves a recommendation to loan rhinos between nations, so be it. This is our very last chance to save the species, and we must get it right this time,” said Laurentius Ambu, Sabah Wildlife Department, in a statement issued after the conclusion of the conference. “While doing that, we are at the same time maximising our efforts via parallel initiatives by collaborating with overseas reproductive experts on different options available to us since time is not with us.”…
The civet, a small Asian mammal that looks like a cross between a weasel and a raccoon, is not just a cute logo for the brand. Civet coffee is made from coffee beans found in civet excrement. The civet’s digestive enzymes ferment the beans, and after much rinsing, the beans extracted from the feces are said to make a dark, smooth, rich, smokey cup of Joe—or as one tasteless term goes, “crappuccino.”
Now, while there is no good reason why people shouldn’t be allowed to waste their perfectly good money on novelty weasel-poop coffee, the growing knowledge and prestige of Kopi Luwak as the most expensive coffee in the world is threatening the wild civet population in Asia…
Lesser Batwing (Atrophaneura aidoneus) is a member of the family papilionidae from Australasia. Atrophaneura aidoneus is black and has a wingspan of about 9–12 cm. The body has a red haircoat and females are dark-brown or black. The veins are bordered by white or yellow colour.
A Stunning Collection of Beetles From Around the World
by Laura Poppick
Udo Schmidt, a retired researcher from Germany’s Federal Center for Meat Research in Bavaria, has been collecting beetles since his late 20s. Now, at 70, his beetle drawers have swelled to 30,000 specimens representing more than 6,000 species.
Schmidt is also a talented photographer, and has digitally archived his stunning collection on his website and Flickr.
“Since more than 350,000 species of beetles have been classified, and I have published photos of just 1,600 of them, there is absolutely no danger that I will run out of work,” Schmidt told Wired…
…is a large species of treeshrew endemic to Sumatra, Borneo and surrounding islands. Unlike most treeshrews the large treeshrew is primarily terrestrial and can be found foraging for worms and myriapod arthropods on the forest floor. Although they spend most of their time on the ground they can be found in trees as well. Large treeshrews have poor daytime vision and are more active at night.
The first ever remote camera picture of a critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), taken in the forest of Sabah in Malaysia. The WWF in Indonesia said it had found traces of the rhinos on Borneo, where the species was thought to have been extinct for some 20 years. The Sumatran rhino population has dropped 50% over the past two decades, and it is believed there are fewer than 200 left in the world.