Ecology and Conservation of Four Sympatric Felids in Sumatra
Cold Storage Laboratory
Todd K. Fuller
Global declines in carnivore species have made it imperative to identify and protect critical habitats, thereby limiting risk of extinction. In many areas this first requires gathering accurate life history information and habitat requirements for lesser known species. Four such species, the marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata), clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi), Asiatic golden cat (Catopuma temminckii) and leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) co-occur throughout Southeast Asia. To date there have been few studies of these sympatric species and, as a result, there is a paucity of information on every aspect of their ecology. Significant habitat degradation continues throughout their range making it imperative to assess current population numbers and habitat specificity in order to direct conservation initiatives and avert extinction risks. To address this need it is our goal to elucidate the temporal and spatioal population ecology of the four felids. Our primary objective will be to concurrently conduct camera trapping and radio telemetry studies in Sumatra. Successful completion of this objective will provide much needed data on the population ecology and habitat utilization of the four felids. With these results we will be able to recommend more robust conservation initiatives for preservation of these species.
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