Conservation of Sunda clouded leopard

Conservation of Sunda clouded leopard

Project Animal(s) : Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi)
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Conservation
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Project is timebound? : No

The Sunda clouded leopard is currently included as Neofelis nebulosa in the Appendix I of CITES. It is fully protected in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

Recent efforts from Borneo helped and are continuing to increase the knowledge about the Sunda clouded leopard. One programme in Borneo combined capacity building with public awareness and conservation initiatives based on local input.

Further research is still needed to better understand the ecology, distribution and status of the Sunda clouded leopard. Sunda clouded leopard density seems to vary considerably across a relatively small spatial scale. It is important to know which habitat types the species uses and which landscape features present barriers to their movements and dispersal, a question that is currently being explored on Borneo. Another important point is the protection of and research into the prey species of the Sunda clouded leopard.

No single protected area is currently big enough to permanently sustain a viable population of Sunda clouded leopards. It is therefore essential to maintain suitable habitat corridors and connect isolated areas with one another to allow gene flow between otherwise isolated subpopulations.

Successful conservation efforts require that habitat destruction and poaching activity is prevented, public awareness is increased and law implementation is enforced.

Project Agency : Cat Specialist Group

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