Sunday, 28 May 2017

Clouded Leopards -- Beautiful Big Cat Predators of South Asia and South East Asia

Introduction :

Clouded Leopards are "Charismatic Felines" who are primarily found in Tropical and Sub - Tropical Rain Forests in North- East India and in some Forested Areas of North Bengal.

In India, Clouded Leopards are exclusively found in Dense Forested Areas in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Nagaland.

Clouded Leopards are elusive and are masters of the art of camouflage. They primarily live on trees and hunt only in the night. They are essentially "Arboreal".

That is to say, they spend all their time and sometimes when hunting for natural prey on Trees and on branches of trees.

In South - East Asia, Clouded Leopards are found in Tropical Rain Forests in Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia and in East and West Kalimantan in Indonesia.

A few Clouded Leopards are even found in Nepal.

Clouded Leopards are Beautiful Big Cat Predators because of their Greyish-Yellowish-Blackish Fur with Black Spots all across the Body.

Clouded Leopards found in South - East Asia are magnificent because of their Rich Black and Yellow Fur.

Eating Habits :

Since, Clouded Leopards live on trees for most of the day -- It has been documented by Wildlife Conservationists that these Clouded Leopards kill a wide range of Monkeys which they eat on a day to day basis.

They normally kill and eat Rhesus Macaque Monkeys who also live on trees and are thus easy victims as "Prey" for Clouded Leopards.

Other than this, it has been documented by Wildlife Biologists studying Clouded Leopards that Clouded Leopards are capable of killing and eating a variety of Deer Species most notably Hog Deer and Barking Deer.

Breeding Behaviour :

The Home Range of most Male Clouded Leopards seems to overlap with Female Clouded Leopards in several forested areas of South East Asia.

Breeding between Male and Female Clouded Leopards seems to be seasonal in South East Asia and in North East India's Forests.

The gestation period of Female Clouded Leopards seems to be 3 Months according to Wildlife Biologists that have studied them up, close, and personal.

The average size of a Clouded Leopard's Family of Young Ones seems to be between 3-5 young cubs.

Male and Female Clouded Leopards are sexually mature when they are 2-3 years of age.

Conclusion :

Clouded Leopards today are threatened by Poaching and Deforestation all over their range.

The Skin and Bones of Clouded Leopards are in much demand in Illegal Markets that thrive in South East Asia.

Let us take a stand right now to save these Beautiful Big Cat Predators of South East Asia and North - East India.

Credits and References :

Wikipedia on the Clouded Leopard

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