Video: The Asian Clouded Leopard

February 26th, 2009 by Smithsonian Journeys
There is debate as to whether the Clouded Leopard is arboreal or terrestrial, as it hunts in the trees and on forest floors. Photo: Jessie Cohen, NZP

There is debate as to whether the Clouded Leopard is arboreal or terrestrial, as it hunts in the trees and on forest floors. Photo: Jessie Cohen, NZP

A group of intrepid researchers has trekked across Thailand for the last three years looking for the elusive clouded leopard.  Only three clouded leopards have ever been fitted with radio collars in the wild.

The project is a joint venture between the Khao Kheow Open Zoo, The Zoological Parks Organization of Thailand, Nashville Zoo, and the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. The researchers hope that by finding out more about the clouded leopard’s habitat, food sources, breeding patterns, and other characteristics, they can help to preserve the species.

Thanks to the Smithsonian Channel, you can watch below to learn more and join the quest for these amazing creatures.

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2 Responses to “Video: The Asian Clouded Leopard”

  1. Mellody Says:

    will i see a clouded leopard on one of your tours?

  2. Smithsonian Journeys Says:

    @ Mellody: Thanks for your comment. Smithsonian Journeys travels to Southeast Asia every year, but we’re unlikely to see any clouded leopards as they are so rare. Our researcher there has been searching for three years without finding one! The good news is that there are plenty of other interesting things to see and do in that part of the world. See our web site for more information on tours to Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia.

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