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The clouded leopard is a solitary, nocturnal predator, inhabiting the tropical rainforests, swamps, and scrublands of south and southeast Asia. This agile and highly arboreal hunter is often seen leaping down from a tree to surprise its victim on the ground. Much of the clouded leopard's natural habitat has been deforested by commercial timber harvesting and agricultural development, resulting in huge declines in its population. Clouded leopards have long been hunted for its fur, and its bones and body parts have been used in traditional Chinese medicine. More recently, clouded leopards have come in conflict with agricultural interests by killing livestock and have been killed as pests.

Clouded Leopard (Asia) by Bruce W. Bunting -WWF
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