Scientific Name: Neofelis diardi
The Sunda clouded leopard, known as the “tree tiger” or “branch tiger” in Indonesia, has been classified as a Vulnerable species by the IUCN. The cat inhabits Borneo and Sumatra, usually in hilly and forest areas. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 Sunda clouded leopards living in the wild, with a decreasing population.
The Sunda clouded leopard weighs between 26 to 55 lbs. and is considered a medium-sized cat compared to other wild cats. The cat has long teeth – around 2 inches in length, and a long tail, and uneven shaped oval markings with dark edges.
Hunting & Prey
Sunda clouded leopard prey includes deer, pigs, civets, monkeys, porcupine and fish.
A key conservation issue for the Sunda clouded leopard is loss of habitat due to deforestation. More than 10% of lowland forests have been lost in the region over the past ten years. In many cases, forest destruction has been caused by an increase in oil palm plantations.
Sunda Clouded Leopard Conservation Groups
Groups working on Sunda clouded leopard protection and conservation projects.
Bornean Clouded Leopard Programme
Conservation of the Sunda clouded leopard and other threatened members of the Bornean felid guild.
A mutli-site research program in collaboration with Sabah Wildlife Department and WildCRU, Oxford University. Clouded Leopard Project
An American-based organization engaged in field research, education and conservation of Southeast Asia's clouded leopard.
International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC) Canada
A 100% volunteer organization specializing in small wild cat conservation with an extensive online database of wild cat information.
IUCN/SSC: Cat Specialist Group
Advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species.
"...The IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group brings together more than 200 of the world’s leading cat experts, including scientists, wildlife managers and conservationists from 50 countries who are dedicated to advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species...The Cat Specialist Group is active in many of its own initiatives as well, focusing on the development of tools for the assessment of the species’ status, for the compilation and distribution of intelligence and for supporting the work of its members..."