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Clouded Leopard

Clouded Leopard:

Ecologist observed that the Clouded leopard on its hide does not follow any specific pattern of operating in a certain space, unlike other carnivores.

  • Clouded leopard is a wild cat inhabiting dense forests of the Himalayas through mainland Southeast Asia into South China.
  • The clouded leopard is categorised into two species: the mainland clouded leopard distributed from central Nepal to peninsular Malaysia, and the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) native to Borneo and Sumatra.
  • The mainland clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is often likened to the Ice Age sabretooth because it has the largest canines in proportion to its skull size among all cat species.
  • It also has rotating rear ankles that enable it to climb down head first from trees, unlike the other felines.
  • They seemed to go wherever they pleased without worrying about other predators, primarily because of their ability to climb trees, even hang upside down from large branches.
  • It most often inhabits primary evergreen tropical forests and also lives in secondary forests, logged forests, dry tropical forests, grassland, mangrove swamp, scrubland, and coastal hardwood forest.
  • In India, it is found in Sikkim, northern West Bengal, Meghalaya subtropical forests, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It is the State animal of Meghalaya.
  • Conservation status
    • IUCN: Vulnerable