Clouded Leopard (Neofelis Nebulosa)

Clouded Leopard (Neofelis Nebulosa)

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G-91-1-MACAN-DAHANITS–The Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), called in Indonesian Harimau Dahan, is found in Indonesia  in Sumatra and Kalimantan. The species is also found throughout the Southeast Asian region. It loves to remain in trees, much more than the Leopard Phantom (Phantera pardus), which is found in Java.

Its skin is brown – yellow with small and large spots and stripes in black. An adult has a somewhat larger body than the leopard of Java. Its length of its tail may measure as long as its body. This leopard lives from lowland areas to areas 2,000 meters above sea level. Its preys on monkey, wild boar, cattle and other small mammals and birds. It kills its prey by biting them with its sharp and long canine teeth. However, it avoids humans.

The black spots and stripes on its body and its penchant for remaining in trees make it difficult for its prey to spot. It adroitly moves in branches. It climbs down a tree with its head facing earthwards. From this difficult position, it is able to make attacks on its prey. Hunting is conducted at night. A female usually gives birth to two or four cubs which she carries for three months. The delivery is conducted in the nest she builds in a hole in a tree.

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