Mammals

The Clouded Leopard

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It seems strange that just two days ago a team confirmed the extinction of the clouded leopard in Taiwan after thirteen years of searching. It is a species that after two years of camera trapping, I myself had only one short 3 second glimpse on film to show its existence in the areas of

Thailand that we have been lucky enough to be allowed to camera trap in. 

It is known to have been present throughout Thailand but there is little known of the animal itself. Radio collaring research conducted in Thailand shows they habituate a large range of between 30 and 50 square kilometers with males tending to have the larger ranges. Other fascinating facts concerning this truly beautiful and unique felid include: it is the world's smallest big cat; and it has the longest canines for body size of any cat known. But still little is known of its natural life in the wild. Testament to its cryptic nature. 

What seems strange is just one day after the sad Taiwanese announcement I would be looking at footage from our automatic cameras after a 16 kilometer hike in the forest to retrieve them. And there was our first real glimpse of the world's smallest big cat, the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), in the wild. Thousand's of hours of cameras strapped to trees deep in the Thai forest and we finally got lucky with this species. The day after the Taiwanese announcement. It makes you understand why the Taiwanese search took 13 years before they finally gave up. This is a hard species to find anywhere.


Lets hope the poachers and land enchroachers never succeed in robbing the Thai people of their remaining clouded leopards. 

 

The Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) from Wildlife Thailand on Vimeo.

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jonathanbkk replied the topic: #972 5 years 6 months ago
Amazing video...

Never ceases to amaze me that there are so many species of cats in Thailand yet most of us will never have the luck for even a glimpse without videos such as this one
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Bagheera replied the topic: #975 5 years 6 months ago
This is absolutely brilliant, what a truly amazing capture, thankyou for sharing!!
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onflipflops replied the topic: #987 5 years 6 months ago
One of the most magnificent creatures in the world! Congratulations!

Last year March I had the privilege to see it in the wild. I'm sorry to 'brag' about this experience, but it's too good to keep it quiet ;). A female with two large cubs crossing the road. I can kill myself for not bringing my camera that night. The moment did not last long, though the two almost fully grown cubs definitely gave enough time to focus and capture it on photo. One of them looked at me before disappearing in the jungle following their mother. That image is imprinted in my brain, because I know this might not happen again.
Absolutely unbelievable!

Fantastic to see it exploring the area on your footage. The last part of the video shows their fantastic coat pattern so well! Good job!

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