Clouded Leopard

Clouded Leopard

Clouded Leopard
Neofelis nebulosa


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Felidae

Range

Mainland Asia and Taiwan


Habitat

Lowland tropical forests


Diet

Birds, squirrels, monkeys, deer, and pigs

Weight

Up to 50 lbs.

Body

2 - 3 ft.

Tail

Up to 3 ft.

Gestation

86 - 93 days

Young

2 - 5 cubs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

Facts

  • The clouded leopard is the smallest of the big cats, but it is one of the best climbers in the cat family.
  • A clouded leopard's grip is so firm that it can climb upside down underneath tree branches and hang from branches with its hind feet.
  • Its flexible ankle joints can rotate backward, allowing the cat to climb down tree trunks headfirst, just like a squirrel.
  • The clouded leopard has the longest canine teeth in relation to body size of all living cats.

 

Conservation

There is little known about the behavior or status of these shy, elusive cats. Their range once covered most of Southeast Asia, but it has shrunk due to habitat destruction and human poaching. Despite laws protecting these cats, they are highly endangered in some areas.

Vulnerable

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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