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    Chiang Mai: First jungle cats seen in Thailand for 40 years

    First jungle cats seen in Thailand for 40 years


    This picture of a wild jungle cat was reportedly taken at the Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary in Chiang Mai province by freelance photographer Parinya Phadungthin

    A freelance photographer has taken pictures of jungle cats in the wild in a Chiang Mai forest, four decades after they were thought to be extinct in Thailand.

    Thanya Netithammakun, director-general of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, said officials at Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary in Chiang Mai province reported that Parinya Phadungthin had taken pictures of male and female jungle cats in the sanctuary earlier this month.

    "It is very exciting, delightful because we have not seen these animals in four decades. Now, this proves that jungle cats are not extinct in Thai forests," he said.

    The last reported sighting of a jungle cat was by late conservationist Boonsong Lekagul in 1976. Since then there had not been a single report of a sighting or any evidence that any jungle cats were still living in Thailand, Mr Thanya said.

    This welcome report showed that the Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary was in good condition and patrols there were effective, he said. His department would start a study of the population of jungle cats there.

    Saksit Simcharoen, head of academic affairs at the department, said no one had seriously studied jungle cats in Thailand, so there was not much information about the animals.

    A jungle cat weighs 4-6 kilogrammes and is very agile, he said.

    "I have not heard anything about jungle cats for a very long time. I understood they were extinct in Thailand. They have been seen only in forests in India," Mr Saksit said.
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    looks like a feral.

    "I have not heard anything about jungle cats for a very long time. I understood they were extinct in Thailand. They have been seen only in forests in India," Mr Saksit said.
    strange that one person sees more than one.

    it's certainly fairly untouched around that area and side of the country.
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    Science Name : Felis chaus

    General Characteristics : Jungle cats look like domestic cats. But its size is a bit bigger and limbs are a bit longer. It ears point straight up. Hair on its ears tips is tuft and black in color. Lower part of its ears is orange-yellow in color. The coat on its belly is light and almost white. There is no markings on its body. But it has some markings on limbs. Its tail is straight with black ring and quite short.

    Habitat / Food : It is found in general in Asia from triangular area of Voga River in Russia to Palestine, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indochina. In Thailand, it is found in all parts except middle part. It stays in forests that are not so dense.It eats small animals such as rats, rabbits, chameleons, frogs, small green frogs, birds, and carcasses left by big tigers. The most prefer is rabbits. Thus, this cat is also called “rabbit tiger”. Its sound is similar to that of domestic cat.

    Behavior / Mating : Jungle cat or rabbit tiger likes to stay in sparse forests with tall trees or grove forests. It resides in dense shrubs and does not like climbing trees. It prefers hunting during daytime rather than nighttime. It is mature and ready for mating at the age of 2 years. Breeding season is uncertain. Gestation period is around 66 days. One litter contains 2 – 4 young. It can give births twice a year. It gives birth in nearby soil hollow or beneath big trees or dense shrub. It can live for up to 10 years.

    Current Status : It is a protected animal of Thailand under Thai Wildlife Protection Act B.E. 2535.
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    Thai National Parks

    In the 1970s, Southeast Asian jungle cats still used to be the most common wild cats near villages in certain parts of northern Thailand and occurred in many protected areas of the country.
    But since the early 1990s, jungle cats are rarely encountered and have suffered drastic declines due to hunting and habitat destruction.
    Today, their official Thai status is critically endangered.

    In Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, jungle cats probably once occurred widely using secondary habitats, which is easily accessible to hunters and where hunting pressure is now very heavy.
    Due to unselective trapping and snaring, jungle cats appear quite rare nowadays in comparison to sympatric small cats.
    Skins are occasionally recorded in border markets, and live individuals, possibly taken from Myanmar or Cambodia, occasionally turn up in the Khao Khieo and Chiang Mai zoos of Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Uaon View Post
    strange that one person sees more than one.
    it's certainly fairly untouched around that area and side of the country.
    Other report - fixed 'camera traps' with automatic sensors

    Have a look at Facebook - parinya padungtin - for more of his photography
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    I wonder how many poachers are rushing in to hunt one now. Some things are better kept secret.
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    yeah,they don't need people running around looking for them with cat aid stuff like whiskas,flea powder and their tummies rubbed!
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