Nocturnal Animals_MSRM2RM3

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RM2 – Tarsier (Tarsius bancanus)
This small primate of less than two kilogrammes is active from ground level to al least seven metres and generally leaps from tree to tree. It feeds mainly on large insects and is often solitary. Tarsier is known to make high pitch calls frequently and can be found in both mature and secondary forests.

RM3 – Slow loris (Nycticebus coucang)
Largely arboreal, this primate which can weigh almost a kilogramme, is often found alone although couples with dependent young are sometimes seen. It feeds on small animals, mostly insects and on pulpy fruits. It lives in mature and secondary forests as well as in gardens and plantations.

Date of Issue: 13.03.2008
30sen – Moonrat
30sen – Malay badger
50sen – Golden Cat
RM1 – Flying Fox
RM2 – Tarsier
RM3 – Slow loris
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Moonrat
(Echinosorex gymnurus)

Generally solitary, this small mammal is strictly terrestrial and confined to the forest floor, often frequenting areas by the streams and is known to be active by day. It has a very strong body odour in the wild. Earthworms, beetles, spiders and snails are amongst the things it feeds on.

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Malay badger
(Mydaus javanensis)

The Malay badger is a terrestrial animal and is known for its very strong odour. It sleeps in underground burrows and feeds mainly by digging into the ground for food such as earthworms and insect larvae. Although found in mature forests, it is apparently more frequently seen in secondary forests and open ground such as gardens.

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Golden Cat
(Catopuma temmincki)

Little is know on the ecology and life history of this medium sized cat. Its coat of golden colour is largely unmarked and adults can weigh as much as 12 kilogrammes. Although terrestrial, it can apparently climb trees when necessary. Its prey includes mousedeer, birds, lizards and other small animals.

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Flying Fox
(Pteropus vampyrus)

This is the largest bat in Malaysia bat in Malaysia and a full-grown adult can weigh more than a kilogramme. Large roosting colonies of this bat are often found in mangroves or nipah palm. This bat is known to fly long distances to feed on flowering or fruit trees and it is an important pollinator of many forest trees including durians.