Clouded Leopard Declared ‘Extinct’ Is Spotted In Taiwan For The First Time In 30 Years

Good news for animal lovers arrives from Taiwan, where rangers say they have spotted a leopard believed to be extinct. The Formosa Clouded Leopard was declared extinct in 2013, although the last official sighting was in 1983.

The Formosa Clouded Leopard is a subspecies of the Clouded Leopard – a Himalayan cat known for its beautiful markings that has been on the IUCN Vulnerable List since 2008.

Known for its beautiful dark gray markings, the Formosa Clouded Leopard was endemic to Taiwan and at one time was the island’s second largest carnivore. Intensive logging has eaten away at its habitat, forcing it to retreat into the mountains.