Bornean Clouded Leopard

The Bornean Clouded Leopard is a medium-sized wild cat found on Muslim Borneo, Sumatra and Batu Islands in the Malay Archipelago. Its coat is marked with dark-edged ovals which are said to be shaped like clouds, giving it its name. Though scientists have known of its existence since the early 19th century, it was positively identified as a distinct species in its own right in 2006.

The Bornean Clouded Leopard weighs about 25 kg. It has excellent climbing skills. Its tail can grow as long as its body, aiding balance. The habits of the Bornean Clouded Leopard are largely unknown because of its secretive nature. The Bornean Clouded Leopard is not closely related to the leopard.

Numbers are estimated to be between 5,000 and 11,000 on Borneo, and 3,000 to 7,000 on Sumatra giving a world total between 8,000 to 18,000.