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.
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 (Catopuma badia) is as follows:
Kingdom: Animalia (animals)
Phylum: Chordata (vertebrates)
Class: Mammalia (mammals)
Order: Carnivora (carnivores)
Suborder: Feliformia (cat-like)
Family: Felidae (cats)
Subfamily: Felinae (small cats)
Species: Catopuma badia (Borneo Bay Cat)
Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) Subspecies
The global conservation status for the Borneo Bay Cat is Endangered (EN) and the population is declining.
The Borneo Bay Cat has been described as a monotypic species (no subspecies) in the past and the latest Felidae taxonomic revision (2017) continues with this classification. At times this cat has been classified under the Pardofelis genus as Pardofelis badia.
Borneo Bay Cat Conservation & Research
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)
- Global small cat conservation - Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation SWCCF (USA)
Please support them with their important work. No matter how small or large your donation, every bit helps!
- Borneo - Borneo Wild Cat Project
Borneo Bay Cat Facts and Information
The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on Borneo Bay Cats:
- Borneo Bay Cat Fact Sheet - International Soc. for Endangered Cats (ISEC)
- Borneo Bay Cat Images and Video Clips in the Wild - ARKive