Bay cat, Bornean red cat, Bornean marbled cat
Bay cats are one of the rarest cats species in the world. Descriptions of these animals are based on museum specimens and there is very little information on live animals.
None. Some believe the bay cat to be a subspecies of the golden cat.
The life span of the bay cat is unknown.
Body length: about 55cm, Tail length: about 35cm, Weight: 3-4kg
Descriptions of these animals are based on museum specimens and there is very little information on live animals.
Bay cats are bright chestnut on the back and sides; the legs and undersides are faintly spotted and there are white markings on the head and chin. The tail is long and tapered, with white markings towards the end and terminating in a black tip. Bay cats have small rounded ears. There are also thought to be grey varieties of bay cats.
They are only found in Borneo.
Bay cats inhabit the dense forested regions of Borneo. They probably associate with habitats close to water and have also been spotted at limestone rocky outcrops and scrub.
They are thought to hunt small mammals and birds.
The reproductive behaviour of bay cats is unknown.
Bay cats are on CITES: Appendix II and are listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable. There is estimated to be around only 50 individuals left. The main threat to bay cats is thought to be loss of habitat due to deforestation.