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Leopards

At the Cincinnati Zoo in the old Cat House.

A powerful and robust build, short legs, large feet, and a long tail allow the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) to expertly navigate the forest canopy. It is able to climb down tree trunks headfirst, travel across horizontal branches while hanging beneath them, and hang from branches with its hind feet.

FactsEdit

  • Length: 2 to 3.5 ft
  • Weight: 24 to 44 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 17 yrs in captivity
  • Habitat: Forest, grassland, and wetland
  • Range: Southeastern Asia
  • Diet: Primates, deer, wild boar, porcupines, small mammals, and birds
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)