Reason why the clouded leopard has a cloud-like spotted coat

Clouded leopard camouflage

To its great cost, the clouded leopard has a very distinctive and attractive coat pattern resulting in human persecution. The coat is brown and therefore not like the forest canopy in which it lives but the patterning is good camouflage when looking up from the ground at the branches and jungle foliage. And behind …

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Are clouded leopards considered big cats?

Clouded leopard lap cat

The question is interesting as you’ll find that different experts have different opinions and there is an added complications as the phrase ‘big cats’ has two meanings. It can mean a large wild cat species or one of the official big cats, those cats that can roar: leopard, jaguar, lion and tiger. For this …

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The clouded leopard is insufficiently protected and is being illegally traded as a consequence

The clouded it is insufficiently protected and is being illegally traded as a consequence

A study published in 2015 paints a damning picture of the protections afforded the clouded leopard which are clearly insufficient. The clouded leopard population is decreasing and they are arguably gradually heading towards extinction in the wild. This is unsurprising because of this cat’s uniquely attractive coat. This medium-sized wildcat is also quite tame …

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Clouded leopard is inbred due to human activity jeopardising its survival in the wild

Clouded leopard kittens

NEWS AND OPINION: This is a typical story of the decline of a wild cat species. In this instance, it’s the clouded leopard with its magnificent coat so treasured, so precious, so beautiful which has added to its persecution through human activity. All the extinctions of the wild cat species come back to human …

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Clouded leopards seen at 3,500 meters above sea level

Clouded leopard is arboreal and can hang upside down like a monkey

It is reported that the elusive clouded leopard has been spotted in the Langtang National Park, in Nepal, on the border with China, at 3,500 metres above sea level. The Times newspaper reports that they had never previously been seen above 2,300 metres above sea level. I think that that is a mistake because …

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