This male Clouded Leopard was waiting near the fallen figs of a fruiting Ficus subcordata at the INIKEA forest rehabilitation project in Sabah.
When surprised by the photographer the Clouded Leopard quietly walked away.
How do we know it was a male ? Female Clouded Leopards have very thick furry tails whilst males have tails which are covered in much shorter hairs.
Photos and information provided by Shavez Cheema and Chun Xing WONG of 1Stop Borneo Wildlife.
The white oval shows a self sown sapling of Ficus subcordata which was fruiting prolifically next to this gravel road in early December 2021. This small tree attracted a large variety of wildlife including 4 species of hornbills, also bulbuls and green pigeons. The fallen figs attracted Fireback pheasants and a Clouded Leopard and a Leopard Cat that came to catch the animals attracted by the fallen figs. Chun Xing Wong shows the scale.