The Bornean Clouded Leopard Programme

A peak into the coolest desk based volunteering you will ever find….

Before starting my latest job I was lucky enough to spend a few months volunteering for the Bornean Clouded Leopard Programme, run by Oxford University’s WildCRU department.

The main aims of the project are:

 (1) study the status, behaviour, ecology and conservation genetics of the five species of Bornean wild cat, with a focus on the clouded leopard.

(2) investigate the effects of habitat alteration on Bornean wild cats.

(3) raise capacity for felid research in Malaysia and Indonesia through the continued training of a local ecologists.

(4) increase awareness of the Bornean wild cats and their conservation needs, using the clouded leopard as a flagship species.

(5) investigate threats to the Bornean wild cats from hunting and trade in Sabah and Kalimantan.

Anyone who has been watching Wild Burma on the BBC recently will recognise quite a few of these species, but here are just a handful of the amazing wildlife found in Borneo.

All photos © Andrew Hearn/WildCRU

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A “Prickle” of porcupines

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Orangutan on a mission

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Some very boisterous pig-tailed macaques

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Malay civet

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Yellow muntjac

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Sambar deer

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Male bearded pig

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Masked palm civet rolling in the leaves

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Male bearded pig, female with young

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Banded palm civet

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Sun bears

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and the clouded leopard….

I thoroughly enjoyed this experience, and one can’t really explain the excitement of seeing a clouded leopard, or orangutan, after seeing several hundred images of deer and pigs!

More info on the project can be found here:

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7 Responses to The Bornean Clouded Leopard Programme

  1. Can’t wait to get started. Had a quick look through the images, some interesting animals but yes a lot of deer!

  2. What a great project, thanks for sharing! I was quite pleased to get a clip of a fox on my camera trap, until I read this… 😉

    • staceym says:

      No problem 🙂 is the camera trap in your garden? I’d be lucky to get that round here!

      • Nope, got nothing at all in the garden so far, except for a few moggies… but there’s a few nice spots in the local countryside where I’ve put it out for a few nights to see what’s about, fingers crossed for some more exciting sightings when spring comes! But I suspect still nothing quite on a par with a clouded leopard… 😉

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