“Critically endangered clouded leopard is found and released into the wild”

Not seen in the wilds of Bangladesh since 2005, the clouded leopard was captured by Bangladesh villagers. This leopard’s numbers are believed to be around 100,000 worldwide. Bangladeshi conservationists believe  the discovery of this rare three month old leopard cub captured in the southeast of the country keeps hopes high for the survival of this critically endangered species.
Clouded Leopard Cub
It had been caged by villagers in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts region, which borders Myanmar and Mizoram state in India, for the past three weeks, he said. Thank you,  villagers for not killing him for a little profit -this is the greatest hope for all endangered animals. Protection instead of black market sales.

“Locals stumbled upon two cubs and their mother eating a monkey in the district of Rangimati three weeks ago. They were only able to capture one cub,”  said Professor Anwarul Islam, chief executive of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh.

“It was tremendous news because many conservationists thought the animal was extinct from Bangladesh due to habitat loss.”

The species is timid and nocturnal and little is known about it. Mainly found in South and Southeast Asian countries, the last reported sightings of the animal in Bangladesh were in 1992 and 2005.

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Excerpts courtesy of   Terradaily.com/reports/Bangladesh_rare_leopard_renews_hopes_for_species_survival

Image courtesy of   Bergoiata.org/fe/felins/CloudedLeopardCub.jpg

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