Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Clouded Leopard

We carry the Clouded Leopard t-shirt by The Mountain® from their Smithsonian Collection. This blog however; isn't just about the t-shirt it's about the Clouded Leopard itself. 

Often we see on social media organizations trying to save endangered species and while this is important, sometimes less attention is focused on animals that are considered vulnerable. 

The Clouded Leopard falls into the vulnerable category as there are fewer than 10,000 in the wild. Unfortunately, their numbers are dwindling because of poachers and the loss of habitat. You see Clouded Leopards love trees and spend most of their solitary life in trees. With forests and jungles being decimated at an increasingly rapid  pace, these beautiful big cats are dwindling in numbers.

It's important to be pro-active when it comes to conservation and the first thing we can do is making sure people are educated on the topic. We can't help prevent, what we don't know or understand.  It's all well and good to post a picture of an adorable Clouded Leopard on Facebook. But we need to also be prepared to do all we can to make sure these animals don't end up endangered or worse extinct. 

The Smithsonian Zoo and Museum in the US have conservation facilities throughout the world and they are doing what they can to make sure these beautiful creatures live and thrive.  One thing we can all do is make sure we donate or purchase products that will directly benefit the conservation of animals.  

The Mountain® has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institute to create beautiful t-shirts. 
The tees capture images of animals found at the Smithsonian Zoo and are part of their conservation program. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts go to the Smithsonian for this purpose.

Clouded leopards dwell in the cloud forests of Southeast Asian and spend most of their time in trees. They are neither a true great cat or true small cat, because they cannot roar or purr. They make growling, hissing and chuffing noises.

They are also not a "type" of leopard but rather a separate species of wild cat. They have specialised ankle bones that allow them to climb face first down trees. Their coat is brown or grey covered with stripes, spots and botches. The Clouded Leopard also has short legs and a long tail.

For more information on the Clouded Leopard we suggest visiting the Smithsonian website for a more detailed look at these beautiful animals.  If you would like to buy a Clouded Leopard t-shirt visit our site and hurry this design has been discontinued.