Tales from Rimba 4: Who’s there?

[Update 9 Jul: Corrected ID of the animals and status in Sg, in green font.]

The previous post wasn’t exactly the most optimistic, I know. So here’s some happier stuff! Warning though: There are photos that may cause you to lose your appetite.

Who lives in the jungles of Malaysia? 

Because Reuben‘s project focuses on mainly ground-dwelling mammals, the photos you see here are mainly those. This does not mean that there are no other kinds of animals in the jungles! All photos here are courtesy of Rimba, from the Kenyir wildlife corridor project. If you would like to use the photos, kindly contact Reuben.

#Sg – Still currently extant in our little island-state/City in a Garden as well
#exSg – Used to be extant (or believed to be so)
If I’ve made any errors, kindly do let me know! 🙂

The most familiar to Singaporeans, the Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) #Sg

The pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina) #exSg? (courtesy of Ivan Kwan)

The trending topic in Singapore at the moment, the Wild boar aka Eurasian wild pig (Sus scrofa) #Sg

“What’s that?”

Mousedeer (Tragulus sp.) I can’t tell if it’s the Greater or Lesser one.. #Sg?

Sunda pangolin aka Scaly anteater (Manis javanica) #Sg

Malayan porcupines (Hystrix brachyura) #Sg


Are they doing It??!

Brush-tailed porcupine (Atherurus macrourus)

Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) #Sg

“Is there something there??”

The Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus) eating #exSg (courtesy of Ivan Kwan)

The Stare.

Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus)

The Stare.

Dhole aka Asiatic wild dog (Cuon alpinus)

The Stare.

Sumatran serow (Capricornis sumatraensis)

Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) family portrait! #exSg (courtesy of Ivan Kwan)

Elephant eating

Check this out: elephant getting up!

Barking deer a.k.a. Red muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak) #exSg

Jumping muntjac!

Large Indian civet (Viverra zibetha) (courtesy of Reuben Clements) #exSg

The Stare.

Asian golden cat (Pardofelis temmincki) #exSg

The Stare.

Clouded leopard! (Neofelis nebulosa) #exSg

Leopard (Panthera pardus). In Malaysia, most seem to be melanistic (darker morph), hence they’re aka Black panthers. #exSg

Visionary leopard.

King of the Malaysian jungles, the Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) #exSg

To think we used to have them roaming around Singapore too! Along with all the other #exSg animals…

A number of creatures that I can’t quite tell what they are

Some bat? The one on the ground is a Barking deer.

Some kinda civet??

Some kinda rat? With a really long tail?

[Updated 10.26am 7 Jul: ID thanks to Reuben] Yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula)

And then we have others as well.

Water monitor lizard (Varanus salvator) #Sg

Dragonfly (that little speck in the foreground)

Blade of grass. Thousands and thousands of photos of it. #Sg

And quite a number of birds too.

Apologies in advance, I can’t quite ID birds yet :/

Oriental magpie robin (Copsychus saularis). #Sg

Showing off its tail. This guy came back quite a few times.

Red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus). #exSg

[Updated 10.30am 7 Jul: ID thanks to Reuben] Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)

Some little bird.

Uh, some little Orange-throated bird? ><

Changeable hawk eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus) (courtesy of Ivan Kwan)

Coolest photo ever. Taken from a different camera trap, but I reckon it’s the Same Orange-throated Small Bird as before?

And then of course we have the ever ubiquitous humans (Homo sapiens).

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to blur their faces for privacy’s sake or something, but anyway

Many humans.

Human carrying a leaf.

Humans carrying a tyre and a fishing rod

Human carrying a bag of fish

Human carrying a gun. 😡

Another human carrying a gun.

Human taking photo of the camera trap.

Human showing off his facial expression.

Human showing off his legs.

Human showing off his butt. (thanks but no thanks, really). And there are worse.

Well, I can’t end off with such a horrendous photo, and it’s clear that humans are entering forests/forested areas (nothing wrong with that, mostly), and sometimes removing wildlife from the place (everything wrong with that). There’s plenty at stake still, as the camera traps have shown us.

Baby elephant!

Baby Malayan tapir!

Wild boar babies!

Baby pangolin!! On mum’s back.

Camera trapping is a wonderful technology indeed and is helping field biologists all over the world. Many an elusive animal thought to be extinct was found to be still in existence (despite the odds!), or even new species found because of these wonderful camera traps. Well, one can never have enough camera traps; with more of them, Reuben will be able to cover more ground and who knows what we’ll find! So, please adopt a camera trap if you can! 😀 There are other ways of helping as well, just click the link.

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6 Responses to Tales from Rimba 4: Who’s there?

  1. Rimba says:

    It’s Large Indian Civet instead of Malay Civet. I saw the wrong photo!

  2. Ivan Kwan says:

    No wonder you want to shove people’s faces into the camera!

    The photo of the guy mooning the camera trap? DO NOT WANT D: I shudder to think what you mean by “there are worse”…

    Pig-tailed macaques used to be present in Singapore; these days there have been scattered sightings, although right now we have no idea if they represent a breeding population, or simply strays or wandering ex-captives. See http://flic.kr/p/7YsPbR http://bit.ly/Nd9TAx

    The Malay civet has been rediscovered in Singapore (http://sg.sg/wcvw27), but I think there aren’t any definitive records of the golden cat here; the only small cat ever confirmed to be recorded here is the leopard cat. The flat-headed cat is also listed as locally extinct in Singapore, but I need to go dig up the old records to see if it’s based on accurate information.

    We have records of Malayan tapir and elephant from Ubin in the past, so maybe they count as extinct in Singapore?

    The raptor might be a changeable hawk-eagle, which is also found in Singapore.

  3. staceym says:

    great post! so many cats…my favourite 🙂

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