Mammals

The Leopard cat

The Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis), known as the Maeo Dao in Thai, is one of Thailand's smaller cat species. They are about the size of a large domesticated cat. They are well distributed in Thailand and they can be

found throughout the whole country. Considered Thailand's most "common" wild cat they are still CITES listed and in my own experience very rare to see as with all wild cat species in Thailand.

They are active both day and night and prey upon a variety of small prey including mammals, lizards, amphibians, birds and insects. Interestingly they are known to pair for life and the pair will raise their young together over a period of 7 to 9 months. Although when not raising young they are solitary animals, living alone in overlapping ranges. Their walking style is particulary dainty and they will carefully place each step, minimizing noise and disturbance as they walk their ranges. Another fantastic species found in Thailand.

Photo of a Leopard cat in Thailand

A wild Leopard cat in the Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai World Heritage Site

 

 

  

 

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