International Clouded Leopard Day
International Clouded Leopard Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on August 4th and raises awareness about one of the most endangered, and dare we say, beautiful animals currently in the wild. Currently, there are fewer than 10,000 clouded leopards in the wild, which makes them a vulnerable species.
Although many countries have officially protected these animals, in many of these areas the enforcement of protective measures is quite weak. They’re endangered because they’ve been poached, and their natural habitat (the tropical forests of the world) is being cut down to grow palm oil — a common food product.
That’s why we all have to take measures to protect these gorgeous animals before they’re wiped from the world.
The History Of International Clouded Leopard Day
This holiday was first established in 2018 by Howlett’s Wild Animal Park & Conservation Charity in Kent. The purpose of this holiday was to raise awareness about the plight of the Clouded Leopard and to support conservation and preservation efforts for these animals.
It’s been observed ever since and has been an important tool in raising the public’s awareness about the challenges that Clouded Leopards now face.
Some Quick Facts About Leopards
Below are some quick facts about Clouded Leopards that we feel everyone should know about, particularly if they’re going to take the time to observe this holiday. We gathered the following facts as we researched this article and think that they will prove to be as informative as they are entertaining.
- The native habitat of the Clouded Leopard is from Nepal through Indochina to Sumatra and Borneo.
- Clouded Leopard’s chief prey are macaques, gibbons, small deer, and wild boars.
- Clouded leopards also may hunt birds and/or rodents.
- They are sexually mature at about the age of 2 years old.
- Clouded leopards are thought to be mainly nocturnal.
- It’s believed that the average lifespan of these cats is between 12-15 years, with some living even longer than 17 years.
Observing International Clouded Leopard Day
Everyone is encouraged to learn more about the Clouded Leopard and the challenges that they face. People are also encouraged to support conservation effects for these animals.
And people can also spread the word about this holiday online using the hashtag #CloudedLeopardDay. Let’s all work together to spread the word about the Clouded Leopard and join in on conservation efforts.