Clouded Leopard

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Species Information

Current Status: the latest estimated population is 230 in the wild and about 100 in captivity. efforts to breed in captivity have been generally unsuccessful. Currently government protected species

Unique adaptations: it is an extremely good climber due to the balancing effort of its long tail and supple ankle joints. In captivity clouded leopards have been observed hanging from overhanging branches by its rear legs

Location: Native to southeast Asia


Clouded Leopard cubs play at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Save The Clouded Leopard!

Threats

Hunted for distinctive fur, bones, and teeth which are commonly used in oriental medicine preparation. another major threat is deforestation as well as habitat loss which combined has led to the clouded leopards endangered species status
Clouded Leopard Play Time

Conservation Efforts

Clouded leopard project: dedicated to conservation of the clouded leopard by supporting field research, implementing education initiatives in range countries, and bringing global awareness to clouded leopard issues


Impact

Snow leopards are important members of healthy, Himalayan ecosystems. Their presence indicates healthy wild ecosystems that are valuable for ecotourism and many other ecosystem services.

How can we help?

  • Support snow leopard conservation organizations. If you don't have money for donations, ask if you can help in other ways by contributing your time or holding a fundraiser.
  • Reduce consumption of paper, wood products and palm oil that result from rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia. Recycle paper and examine labels of food products and cosmetics to look for "palm oil" and "palm kernel". If a product does not use "certified palm oil" there is a possibility that its production has come at the expense of the rainforest. Similarly when buying a wood product, check to see whether it is "FSC-certified".