Meet the clouded leopard cubs

160614_pdza_056Three rare clouded leopard cubs, born March 30, are growing up fast. They will soon leave for their new homes at other zoos.

Clouded leopards, named for their thundercloud markings, are so shy and elusive that scientists don't have an accurate estimate of their wild population. Fewer than 100 live in accredited North American zoos.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a recognized global leader in Clouded leopard conservation. Grants from the Dr. Holly Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund support clouded leopard research, education and anti-poaching work in Southeast Asia.

Did you know?

  • Clouded leopards are among the best climbers in the cat family and can hang from branches with their hind feet!
  • Their large paws provide a great grip on tree branches, and a long tail (up to 3 feet long) helps them balance.
  • They can open their mouths wider than most other cats and have extremely long canine teeth. For this reason they are sometimes called the "modern day saber-toothed cat."
  • Clouded leopards live in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia, from Nepal and southern China through Thailand, Indonesia, and Borneo.

paws for the cause

Clouded leopards are among many animals that depend on tropical forests to survive in the wild. In Southeast Asia, these forests are rapidly being cut down to grow palm oil, a product found in many common household and food products. You can take action to save wild animals by urging companies to commit to deforestation-free palm oil.

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