Clouded Leopard Still Exists in Cambodia

Clouded Leopard or 'Khla Porpok', a type of wildcat, still exists in Cambodia, said USAID Morodk Baitang in a news release on Feb. 28. The Clouded leopard is also commonly called Khla in Khmer, like a tiger, but it's another species within the wild cat family, the source continued, stressing that unlike the tiger, which was declared 'functionally extinct' in wild of Cambodia, the Clouded leopard or Khla Porpok still exists in the depths of the forest in the country. Moreover, it said, the clouded leopard possesses strikingly beautiful fur adorned with unique cloud-like patterns, which serve as excellent camouflage amidst the dappled sunlight of its forest habitat. This exquisite coat, combined with its secretive nature, makes spotting a clouded leopard in the wild a rare and exhilarating experience for wildlife enthusiasts. Currently, the Clouded Leopard, scientifically known as ???????????????? ????????????????, is listed as Vulnerable in The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Their population is rapidl y declining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and illegal wildlife trade. Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse