The Clouded Leopard and the Bornean Clouded Leopard are two distinct species of cat that live in Southeast Asia. Until 2007 it was believed that the Bornean Clouded Leopard was a subspecies, but DNA testing has proven them to be distinct species.
Both species of clouded leopard live in the jungles of Southeast Asia and like their distant cousing the spotted leopard, they are highly arboreal.
They got the name "clouded" from the large cloud like elipses of black over a tawny coat. This provides excellent camophlage in the dense forest. They also have a tail that is as long as thier body which gives them excellent balance in the trees. They have been observed hanging upside down in trees, and can decend trees head first.
Clouded Leopards are solitary, nocturnal cats who only interact when breeding or rearing young. Mother leopards give birth the 2-4 young who are blind and deaf at birth.
Clouded Leopards and Bornean Clouded Leopards are considered endangered in the wild. They are also fairly rare in zoos. But if you live near any one of the following zoos, you should be able to see these beautiful animals.