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From this study scientists determined that for now at least, scented hair-traps in Peninsular Malaysian need improving, either by making the scents stronger or by moving locations of the traps. More work will be required to determine the potential of this non-invasive method and if it will benefit studying endangered felids in tropical forests.

Location of the camera-trap stations within the 3 study areas in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

While camera trap have proven useful they cannot collect physical samples, which are often required for research, and that is why scientists sometime rely on to collect DNA, determine what the animals habitat ranges are and learn about genetic diversity. The traps have been in use since the 1990’s, mainly in cooler climates, and have been gaining popularity as a way to sample without stressing wildlife. is the latest place to employ this non-invasive method which is aimed at gathering population data from some it’s most endangered carnivores including the Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni), Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Leopard (Panthera pardus), Golden Cat (Pardofelis temminckii), Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), and the Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata).

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Location of the camera-trap stations within the 3 study areas in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. For 88 out of a total of 107 records, geographic coordinates had to be estimated from descriptions of localities. Photographs from camera-traps or direct sightings of flat-headed cats with precise location information were available for 19 locations (15 on Borneo and four on Sumatra). During one of these sightings along a small tributary of the Kinabatangan River in Sabah (Malaysia) two authors (AW & AM) filmed a wild flat-headed cat for several minutes ().

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In January 2009, during the Clouded Leopard and Small Cat Summit organised by the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and the IUCN Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, only 14 records of the flat-headed cat were compiled by the attending scientists and conservationists . We collected additional records from the existing scientific literature and researchers who were unable to join the summit and conducted a survey in several natural history museums. We only included reports of direct sightings, camera-trapping pictures or dead specimens. We considered all reported locations to be accurate for species identification since the flat-headed cat has a very distinctive appearance and is not easily mistaken for any other felid or other small carnivore. Owing to their unknown origin, wild caught zoo animals kept in Thailand and Malaysia were not included in the analysis. We also included the results of a questionnaire conducted by MAJ in Sarawak (northwest Borneo) as the interviewees were familiar with the flat-headed cat.

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