Dense rainforests of Java, Indonesia.
My nickname is the singing acrobat. You can hear my call for miles through the forest, while I gracefully swing from tree to tree.
I’m your typical cat in some ways, I’m active at night, my favorite meal is of the fish variety, and I roll alone. But, in other ways, I’m not your basic feline. I have webbed toes and prefer swimming across rivers to climbing in trees. You read that right, I actually prefer to swim. In fact, most sightings of me are near swampy areas, lakes and streams, and riverine forests.
I’m endangered, there are less than 2,500 Flat-headed cats like me in the wild. My survival is threatened by deforestation for Conflict Palm Oil and human settlement, draining peatlands for agriculture, pollution, and excessive hunting.
Fast Facts: Did you know?
That the way we swing from tree to tree is called "brachiating"? It looks pretty dramatic and we can move through our forest home at up to 35 miles an hour and bridge gaps as wide as 50 feet with a single leap! Hold my beer, circus Knie!
That humans love to study us to figure out why their ancestors started walking on their feet? We are the most bipedal of all non-human primates, as we tend to "walk" on our feet and throw up our hands above our heads for balance. (Gotta admit, it looks pretty funny.)
That we are "early sleepers"? We go to bed hours before sunset. Like when you take a late nap, wake up in the dark, and just decide to keep snoozing.
That we smack with our lips to show we like someone? You’re welcome.
The rainforests of the Amazon, Congo, and Indonesia are our last best line of defense against the biodiversity and climate crisis. But 17 corporations are making massive profits by driving their destruction and the violation of human rights. That has to end NOW.
Why I want to Keep Forests Standing
Treetops are where we live, swing, and find food. If deforestation continues, we’ll continue to be vulnerable to poachers and hunters, and won’t be able to survive without the shelter and nutrients the forest provides us. Keeping forests standing will also help keep us from going extinct. Please help keep us from going extinct?