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Clouded Leopard

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order : Carnivora
Family : Felidae
Subfamily : Pantherinae
Genus : Neofelis
Species : N.Nebulosa
Zoological name : Neofelis nebulosa
Found In : Corbett National Park, Namdhapha National Park and Manas National Park in India

Clouded Leopard Physical appearance : Clouded Leopard is 55 - 110 cm long and weigh around 11 – 23 kg. It has cloud like markings all over its body. The clouds are darker inside. The coat is earthy brown in colour. It has longest canines measuring 4.4 cm. It has a thick tail which is as long as the body. The size of the tail is around 20 -30 inches. It has relatively short and rounded ears, which are black grayish from the back. It has short legs and broad paws. Clouded Leopard is a excellent climber.

Presence in India : Clouded Leopard are found in the North Eastern Part of India. It is easily spotted in the Corbett, Namdhapha and Manas National Park in India.

Habitat :Clouded Leopard prefers grass land, shrubs and dense tropical forest up to the height of 7,000 feet.

Diet : Clouded Leopard is carnivorous and feeds on deer, goats, wild pigs, reptiles, birds, monkeys, squirrels and wild boar. It mainly haunts on the ground at night.

Reproduction : Clouded leopard reach sexual maturity at about 2 years of age. Mating can occur throughout the year. The gestation period rests for 186 -93 days. Litters range from one to five cubs. Cubs are born blind and weigh around 140- 280 grams. Females are usually killed by the male leopards, while mating.

Conservation status : IUCN Vulnerable. Appendix 1 CITES. It is widely haunted for its fur, teeth and bones. Deforestation and habitat loss has also seriously declined the population of Clouded Leopard.

Lifespan : Clouded Leopard has the lifespan of about 11-17 years.

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