Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) - Bay Cat Lineage
A captive Bay Cat in Sarawak 2005 by Jim Sanderson [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

The rare Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) is endemic to Borneo where few sightings have been recorded, even during research studies focused on felids. The Bay Cat appearance is similar to the Asiatic Golden Cat, with variable plain coat colors and facial markings, just smaller in size. The species is also likely dependent on forest habitat and thus threatened primarily by increasing deforestation on the island. Other threats include poaching for the wildlife and pet market due to the cat's rarity.

Bay Cat Lineage

1. Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii)

2. Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia)

3. Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata)

Key Facts about Borneo Bay Cats

~ Very rare - only occurs on Borneo ~

~ Endangered status ~

~ Similar to Asiatic Golden Cat ~

Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) Classification

The Borneo Bay Cat belongs to the genus Catopuma and the full taxonomy, scientific classification or higher classification of the Borneo Bay Cat species is:

Kingdom: Animalia (animals)

Phylum: Chordata (vertebrates)

Class: Mammalia (mammals)

Order: Carnivora (carnivores)

Suborder: Feliformia (cat-like)

Family: Felidae (cats)

Subfamily: Felinae (small cats)

Genus: Catopuma

Species: Catopuma badia (Borneo Bay Cat)

Subspecies: none

Borneo Bay Cat (Pardofelis badia)

Male Borneo Bay Cat (Pardofelis badia)

Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) Subspecies

The Borneo Bay Cat has been described as a monotypic species (no subspecies) in the past and the last Felidae taxonomic revision in 2017 continues with this classification. At times this cat has been classified under the Pardofelis genus as Pardofelis badia.

Borneo Bay Cat Conservation & Research

The global conservation status for the Borneo Bay Cat is Endangered (EN) and the population is declining.

At this time there appears to be no active projects focused on this species, however the following organizations are dedicated to research and conservation in the region and other small cats:

South East Asia Projects - Chester Zoo (UK)

Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation SWCCF (USA) - Global small cat conservation

Please support these organizations with their important work. No matter the size of your contribution, every bit helps!

Past Projects:


Captive Borneo Bay Cat (Pardofelis badis)

Borneo Bay Cat (Pardofelis badia)

Borneo Bay Cat Facts and Information

The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on Borneo Bay Cats: