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Malaysian Falidae

Malaysian Falidae Stamps

M alaysia's tropical rainforest is a complex and diverse ecosystem. One way in which this diversity shows itself is through a richness in plant and animal species. This richness of species is seen in the number of members of the cat family (Felidae), in our forests. Wildlife scientists have identified a total of eight species in Malaysia. Seven of these species have been recorded in Peninsular Malaysia. They are the Tiger, Leopard ( panther ), Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, and the Golden Cat. The eighth species, the Bay Cat, however, is only found in Sabah and Sarawak along with four other species, namely the Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Flat-headed Cat and the Marbled Cat. Like the majority of animal species in the rainforest, the wild felids are seldom observed, a fact compounded by their retiring cryptic and nocturnal behaviour. Moreover, beiong predators, the numbers would not be neumerous. Thu, it appear that, with one or two exceptions, the wild felids may be considered uncommon or even rare. They are thus considered threathened to the point of extinction and therefore all Felidae are proctected by law in Malaysia.
The four species illustrated on the Special Issue of Postage Stamps have been selected because they are relatively unknown. They are also strikingly handsome animals and are good examples of the diversity of, and different adaptations within the cat family.