- Once spread across Southeast Asia (from Nepal to Southern China), the four subspecies of clouded leopards are now found in Nepal, Burma and Indonesia.
- Length: body length 4-6 feet, the tail makes up half this length!
- Weight: between 22 and 50 pounds
- average lifespan in captivity: 17 years (in the wild; 11 years)
- primary evergreen rainforests at elevations up to 8,000 feet
- also found in secondary, logged forests, grasslands and swamps
Mating season: in captivity, typically between December and May
- Average litter: 1-5 cubs annually
- Sexual Maturity: 2 years old
- Carnivore: small animals ranging from birds to small monkeys to wild pigs
- Clouded leopards primarily hunt from the ground but they can drop down on prey spotted on the forest floor if they are resting in the trees.
- Clouded leopards are solitary and elusive: little is known of their behaviors in the wild as they are incredibly challenging to study.
- Clouded Leopards are the best climbers of the cat family with specially adapted ankles, long tails and stout legs. They can climb upside down and down trees head first!
- Clouded leopards, similar to snow leopards, can neither purr like small cats, nor roar like big cats!
- Clouded leopards are adept swimmers and comfortable in water!
- It is challenging to breed clouded leopards in captivity because males tend to kill the females during mating.
- Clouded leopards are extremely rare with an estimated 265 individuals worldwide in captivity, 118 in the United States