DHENDUP, T., TEMPA, T. & TENZIN, U. (2016)

Clouded leopard co-exists with six other felids in Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan.

CATnews 63 (Spring 2016): 24-27.


Seven species of wild cats were camera trapped in Royal Manas National Park making it one of the parks with the highest diversity of wildcats in the world and hence rightly the title, ‘hotspot of felid diversity’. The camera trapped species were tiger Panthera tigris, leopard Panthera pardus, clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa, Asiatic golden cat Captopuma temminckii, marbled cat Pardofelis marmorata, leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis and jungle cat Felis chaus. Fishing cat Prionailurus viverrinus still remains to be confirmed. We report at least 11 individual clouded leopards in the study site and we suggest that their habitats could be threatened by human disturbances but data is insufficient to determine whether the threat is significant.

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