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Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)


The species is being in news due to ongoing effort to count it in spite of its elusive nature


  • The clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is a wild cat that lives in the cloud forests of Southeast Asia, from the foothills of the Himalayas through Northeast India and Bhutan to mainland Southeast Asia into South China.
  • They are named for their cloud-like spots, and are one of the oldest cat species.
  • Clouded leopards are stocky, larger than small cats, and smaller than large cats.
  • They have large paws with specialized footpads for gripping branches, and specialized anklebones that allow them to climb in different positions.
  • They can open their mouths to a 100-degree angle, and are one of only two cat species that can climb down trees headfirst.
  • IUCN Status: Vulnerable

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