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 is:
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 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!
- 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 Status and Distribution Map - IUCN Red List
- Borneo Bay Cat Detailed Information - IUCN Cat Specialist Group
- Borneo Bay Cat Academic Reference List - IUCN Cat Specialist Group