Clouded Leopard

05 Nov 2014 17:39 - 05 Nov 2014 17:53 #2480 by WT admin
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Clouded Leopard Video

 

A Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) decides to take a rest in front of one of our last remaining Bushnell video traps. These magnificiently patterned felids have been rare passers-by for our cameras in the past but this is the first instance whereby we have had one of the creatures stop in front of a camera and allow us a rare glimpse of a private moment in it's life. Kaeng Krachan National Park.

This camera was actually placed as a security camera and a DSLR camera trap was placed on the tree that the clouded leopard sits next to. The DSLR malfunctioned after we had gotten it in place and we decided to remove it for repairs. As the weather was turning quickly on this exposed ridge and the rains were falling we decided to leave the security camera in place. A lucky move for us born out of our desire for the team to get back to the dry rather than mess anymore with the equipment in the worsening conditions.

Our supply of Bushnell security cameras has now dwindled as they do not take well to our rainy season conditions, and have all slowly died on us. It is a pity as they are capable of very good footage but at 300 USD a unit when we include, purchase, shipping, cards, locks, protection boxes, security fixings, etc. they are expensive to replace. We are now trying some Moultrie units as Moultrie gave us a very good price point for the project, half that of Bushnell. We will now start to see the results of these units to see ultimately if they are suitably comparable.

We also recorded some other interesting mammal species with this camera such as stump tailed macaque, tapir, feas muntjac, wild boar, and golden cat which we shall post in the forum shortly.

 

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05 Nov 2014 23:34 #2481 by onflipflops
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Fabulous!
I love these cats so much.
Very nice footage, great that it not just walks by.
Since you've been getting various Clouded Leopards since you started trapping in KK, do you think the population of this species is quite large over there?
Interesting that it seems to be doing well, even with the presence of 'normal' leopards.
Thanks for sharing!

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06 Nov 2014 18:13 - 06 Nov 2014 18:34 #2482 by Paul T
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I really don't know about the population size/densities - they are definitely present but we go huge amounts of time between "sightings". Heres some of the others from this set.


Male Malayan Tapir (Tapirus indicus)

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06 Nov 2014 18:18 - 06 Nov 2014 18:36 #2483 by Paul T
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Dhole (Cuon alpinus) family passing through - our first ever sighting of dhole in this particular area, in well over a year.

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06 Nov 2014 18:34 #2484 by Paul T
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Fea's Muntjac AKA Tenasserim muntjac (Muntiacus feae)

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06 Nov 2014 23:13 - 06 Nov 2014 23:16 #2486 by onflipflops
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Great collection of animals.
The Dholes are moving fast. Looks like they were on the hunt, or at least looking for food.
One and a half week ago we got to see a large Sambar stag posing near the road at dusk. And from behind him three Dholes appeared and quickly ran accross the road to disappear in the dense growth.
The stag had no wounds yet, but was stomping his hooves on the ground. We watched from some distance, but the Dholes kept hiding, and after a while the Sambar moved away into the forest. So close to witnessing a kill...

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10 Nov 2014 09:25 #2492 by Bagheera
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Great videos! Its so nice to see the behaviour, it feels like a much more personable view of the animal.
Have you considered a 'video' cam at the renowned 'tree' site? Videos of those cats you got coming through would be something special...

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