clouded leopard, Deforestration

Clouded Leopard Hunted for Fur

The clouded leopard is the worlds most majestic animals, these majestic animals live in the trees among the forests of southeast Asia and the eastern Himalayas. There are up to 6,000 snow leopards in the wild across 12 countries, but its numbers are gradually declining, with hunting and habitat loss just some of the reasons that it is endangered.  Most cats are good climbers, but the clouded leopard is near the top of its class. These big cats can even hang upside down beneath large branches, using their large paws and sharp claws to secure a good grip. Clouded leopards also have a very sharp eyesight, and uses their long tail for balance. The clouded leopard has a stocky build and, proportionately, the longest canine teeth of any living feline. Though clouded leopards are great climbers, scientists believe that they do most of their hunting on the ground, feasting on deer, pigs, monkeys, and smaller fare such as squirrels or birds. They are aided in their hunting by the largest canine teeth (proportionate to body size) of any wild cat. The clouded leopard is found across Southeast Asia and the Himalayas in the following countries: southern China, Bhutan, Nepal, northeast India, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and Bangladesh. It is believed to be extinct in

Indomalaya Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)...

Indomalaya Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Toronto Zoo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Taiwan. Females give birth to a litter of one to five cubs every year, and the young leopards remain dependent upon their mother for about ten months. What harms them? You’re about to find out! Deforestation in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia is the most serious threat to the clouded leopard. The species natural habitat has been fragmented and decreasing at a rate of 10% per year since 1997. The clouded leopard is also widely hunted for its teeth and decorative pelt, and for bones for the traditional Asian medicinal trade. Clouded leopard pelts have been reported on sale in markets in China, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal and Thailand. They have also been featured on the menu of restaurants in Thailand and China which cater to wealthy Asian tourists. Like many other big cat species the clouded leopard is often killed as retaliation for killing livestock. These majestic cats are disappearing fast, we need to protect them!

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Clouded leopard face, close up

Clouded leopard face, close up (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deforestration, Rampart Hunting

Sumatra Tiger Habitat’s Disappearing

The Indonesian island of Sumatra holds some of the richest and most diverse tropical forests on the planet, giving shelter to many rare species and providing livelihoods for millions of people.The forests of Sumatra are home to some of the world’s rarest animals and plant species. The WWF estimates that as few as 400 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild. The tigers’ habitat is dwindling fast on the Indonesian island. It is home to lesser-known marvels, like the proboscis monkey, sun bear, clouded leopard and flying fox bat. But these magnificent creatures are disappearing as their forest homes are rapidly being cut down to make way for oil palm plantation or destroyed by commercial or illegal logging. The location where the video was captured lies outside protected park boundaries, he noted, and current development plans call for forest clearance at the site over the next few years.Rampant poaching also poses a grave threat to the island’s endangered species – tigers are hunted for their skins, rhinos are killed for their horns, and orangutans are taken from the wild for the entertainment and tourism trade. From saving the Sumatran tiger – the most endangered subspecies of tigers – to conserving the habitat of the Sumatran elephant in the island’s central Riau province – an area with one of the fastest rates of deforestation in Indonesia – WWF is working with local partners on Sumatra to protect the island’s remaining forests and habitats.

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