Friday, November 27, 2009

Clouded Leopard Facts and How You Can Save Them

Clouded leopards are among the best climbers of all cats - they can even hang upside down from branches! Clouded leopards spend a lot of their time in trees but it's thought that they do most of their hunting on the ground, although they may hunt for monkeys in the trees. They are very mysterious secretive cats that live in the tropical rainforests of Asia - so much so that we know very little about their social behaviour. Listen to a clouded leopard.

Why Clouded Leopards Need Our Help

Clouded leopards are listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Act and a vulnerable species by the IUCN. Clouded leopards are threatened by forest destruction and degradation primarily due to logging, agriculture, especially palm plantations. Clouded leopards are also hunted by commercial poachers and subsistence hunters. Although it is illegal to internationally trade clouded leopards, they are still illegally traded in a corrupt system and are popular as pets and in zoos. Sources: The Clouded Leopard Project

Help Save Clouded Leopards

Clouded leopard photo courtesy of: tim ellis