Marwell Zoo in Hampshire has announced the arrival of a sibling pair of vulnerable Clouded Leopards, Taevey and Kanya (both females). The duo have taken up their new home after moving from Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates there are only 3,700 to 5,580 Clouded Leopards left in the wild.
Did you know?
- Clouded leopards can purr but can’t roar. Despite their small stature, their feeding, stalking and grooming behaviour is much like that of their big cat relatives.
- They can also open their mouths up to 100 degrees thanks to their unique skull structure, which is similar to that of a primitive sabre-toothed cat!
- They are great climbers and are native to Asia inhabiting the rain forests of Indonesia, the Himalayas in Nepal and parts of mainland South East Asia.
- They can live at altitudes of up to 3,500m, preferring to live in closed evergreen rainforests and shrubland where they can easily hide thanks to their patterned coats.
- Primarily nocturnal, Clouded Leopards sit somewhere between big and small cats in terms of size, with wild females in Thailand weighing between 11.5 and 13.5kg and males 16-18kg.
- They have particularly long tails and huge canine teeth, which are well adapted to their carnivorous diet of hog deer, brush-tailed porcupine, Malayan pangolin and Indochinese ground squirrel in the wild.
Taevey and Kanya are making themselves at home opposite the entrance to Wild Explorers at Marwell Zoo. They can be quite shy and love densely packed vegetation so guests may need to be quiet and patient when visiting in order to spot them.
Main image credit: Chessington World of Adventures Resort