Leopard cat satellite-tagged in Kinabatangan

KINABATANGAN (Bernama) – A wild female leopard cat was caught and fitted with a satellite collar as part of the Danau Girang Field Centre’s (DGFC) Carnivore Programme, a collaborative project with the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD).

According to a statement yesterday, the wild felid, which DGFC named Ratu, was caught and was attached with the satellite collar during a night survey in Pendirosa Estate recently.

The Carnivore Programme officer at DGFC Dr Miriam Kunde said Ratu was the first leopard cat collared as part of the project.

“Hopefully, we will be able to catch and collar more leopard cats to study their movement through this fragmented landscape and to understand how they use it,” she said. The Carnivore Programme goes in tandem with DGFC’s ‘Health at the Edge Project’ ([email protected]) led by Research Associates at DGFC Dr Sergio Guerrero-Sanchez and Dr Liesbeth Frias.

According to Frias, the project aimed to tackle health-related problems from an integrated ecological, veterinary and human health approach.