Range of Habitat<br /><ul><li>Clouded Leopards are only found in parts of Asia.
They are found in Nepal, Southern China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Borneo.
Although the map shows a connected range of habitat Clouded Leopards are only found in parts of the highlighted areas.</li></li></ul><li>Environment<br /><ul><li> Clouded Leopards are typically found in dense lowland rainforests
They are sometimes also found in Mangrove forests and grasslands.
They are typically found at altitudes of about 2000 ft
They prefer a habitat from 65 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit</li></li></ul><li>Physical Characteristics<br /><ul><li>These leopards are called “Clouded” because of the pattern of the spots on their midsection.
These spots tend to be more solid around the paws, tail, and face.
These leopards are the smallest member of the “Big Cat” classification. </li></ul> Males Females<br />Torso Length 2.7’-3.6’ 2.25’-3’<br />Weight 40-51 lbs 33-40 lbs<br />Shoulder 9-16” 9-16”<br /> height<br />
Physical Characteristics Continued…<br /><ul><li>Clouded leopards have short legs
Their powerful legs and paws, sharp claws and flexible ankles allow the Clouded leopard to climb down head first as needed </li></li></ul><li>Physical Characteristics <br /> Continued…<br /><ul><li>A Clouded leopard’s tail is approximately the length of it’s body from head to rear.
Clouded leopard’s canine teeth are proportionally the longest of any large cat.
Their teeth are the same size as those of a tiger even though the Clouded is much smaller
Their teeth suggest that they are the only cat living today with a direct lineage to the saber toothed cat. </li></ul>Saber Toothed Cat Skull<br />
Behavior<br /><ul><li>Clouded leopards sleep high in the canopy
Although they sleep in the trees they spend most of their waking hour on the ground
These leopards are solitary animals, and very elusive
Their paws and claws are so strong that the leopards are known to climb upside down, and they can even hang upside down by only their back paws.</li></li></ul><li>Behavior Continued….<br /><ul><li>It was believed that these leopards were nocturnal, but recent studies show that they are active during both day and night
Although they do not purr they have a wide range of vocalizations
They are carnivores and hunt for prey which includes birds, gibbons, squirrels, monkeys, deer, porcupines, and wild boars.
They attack their larger prey by an ambush attack. They do this by hanging from a tree and dropping onto the prey where they will then suffocate it.</li></li></ul><li>Endangerment<br /><ul><li>Due to their solitary nature there isn’t a known number of animals in the wild, but we do know there aren’t a lot and they are listed as endangered
Deforestation is the biggest threat to the leopards
Poaching is the second biggest threat to these leopards. They are hunted for their bones to be used in medicines, their meat, their cubs for the exotic pet trade, and for their pelts.</li></li></ul><li>Captive Raising<br /><ul><li>Many leopards are raised in captivity, in private sanctuaries, and in zoos
Clouded leopards are raised in captivity to help increase the populations
Some cubs are taken from their mothers for protection and are hand raised
Clouded leopards are considered “Big Cats” which means it is illegal to keep them as pets.
Licenses are available for people to raise big cats when they are properly trained, have an enclosure that meets specific requirements, and have qualified veterinary assistance.
Breeding in captivity is very rare </li></li></ul><li>Breeding<br /><ul><li> Clouded leopards reach breeding age at two years old
Their solitary nature causes them to attack other leopards they encounter, including possible mates, so breeding is not as common as we would like
All of these are poorly enforced, and little is being done to help preserve these animals</li></li></ul><li>Zoos in the US that have Clouded leopard exhibits<br /><ul><li>Little Rock Zoological Gardens
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