The Clouded Leopard is the most agile tree climber among the Felidae family. Their number has declined because people hunt them for their beautiful furs that feature patterns that look like clouds.
Total length: 62-107cm
Tail length: 55-90cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
Clouded Leopards live in the deep forests of China and Southeast Asia.
The Clouded Leopard hunts and eats boar, deer, and cows. Sometimes they capture and eat birds and snakes too.
Although their name contains the word "leopard", they actually come from a different family. They can't growl like their counterparts in the Neofelis genus, or Jaguar.
Targeted for their beautiful furs with cloud-shaped patterns...
The Clouded Leopard lives in the deep forests of Asia, usually at high altitudes about 2,000 to 3,000 meters above sea level. Among other members of the Felidae (cat) family, the Clouded Leopard is particularly skilled at climbing trees, and can hang from trees by their hind legs like monkeys. The cloud-like patterns on its fur is where the name Clouded Leopard comes from. However, people became overly attracted to their beautiful fur at the expense of the Clouded Leopard, resulting in many being exported to Europe and Japan from the 1960s to the 1970s.
Their habitat is the quickest disappearing place in the world – the forests!
Another sought-after feature of the Clouded Leopard is their impressively long tusk, or canine tooth, which is longer than that of any tiger or lion and why they are still being captured. Another problem is that many Clouded Leopards live in the world's most rapidly disappearing forest. In other words, unless something is done, the Clouded Leopard faces a high risk of becoming extinct.
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