Clouded leopard

They can hang upside down from branches with their rear feet and climb trees almost like a monkey

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The clouded leopard has dark grey or ochreous ground-colored fur, often with spots that are usually dark brown with black edges, which resembles the clouds. These patterns provide them with excellent camouflage in the forest habitat. They have the largest canine of all cats relative to their size, approximately 4 to 5 cm (1.5 to 2 inches).

They are agile climbers as they can run up tree trunks, climb amongst the branches, and run headfirst down them. However, their skill does not save them from the hunters, as they are hunted for their beautiful pelt and decorative teeth. Their population is currently decreasing and listed as Vulnerable.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bangladesh
VU
2020
Bhutan
2020
Cambodia
2020
China
2020
India
2020
Laos
2020
Malaysia
2020
Peninsular Malaysia
Myanmar
2020
Nepal
2020
Taiwan
Official estimate
EX
Extinct 2013
Thailand
2020
Vietnam
2020
Possibly Extant

Recent updates

March 2022: A Clouded leopard was caught on camera in Malaysia’s Taman Negara National Park. The sighting was significant as it was the first recorded sighting of a Clouded leopard in the park in several years.

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No