Clouded Leopard Natural History
The clouded leopard is a medium sized cat which can grow to between 70- 94cm long and its tail is an additional 61-85cm. It weighs about 23kg with males being much larger than females.
Habitat and Distribution
It lives in the tropical forests of Bhutan, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and China, where it spends much of its days in the trees.
The lifespan of a clouded leopard is about 13 years.
Clouded leopards are carnivorous, hunting species such as squirrels, wild pigs, deer, birds and monkeys
Groups and Breeding
Usually 2- 3 cubs are born after a gestation period of 86 to 95 days weighing 170 grams. Females typically give birth only once a year and the cubs become independent at about 10 months old, although they will not be fully mature until they are two years old.
The clouded leopard is often poached for its fur, but its largest threat is deforestation across its home range. The IUNC red list classes this species as Vulnerable.
Clouded leopards are the smallest of the big cats. They have the largest canine teeth, relative to body size, of any feline. In China they are called mint leopards because their spots look like mint leaves
The Clouded Leopards During Your Day Out in Kent
At Wingham Wildlife Park our two clouded leopards, Hari and China, can be found in our Little Himalaya area next to the dinosaur zoo. There are two species of clouded leopard, the clouded leopard and the Sunda clouded leopard with the prior being the species that we have here at the park. They have larger and lighter cloud-like patterns than their cousins which are perfectly designed to camouflage them. At the park they are often sunbathing in the grass or taking a nap inside their shelter.
The majority of the diet of our clouded leopards in the park is made up of whole feathered chickens, rabbits and occasionally a whole rat.