S.P.E.C.I.E.S. believes that it is precisely the unique ecological and behavioral adaptations of clouded leopards, their evolutionary relationships to other felids, and their distinctive appearance, that make them the ideal “flagship” species. Indeed, we believe it so much, we long ago chose this “small big cat” as our logo.
Through Project Neofelis, S.P.E.C.I.E.S. is promoting the clouded leopard as a flagship species to bring much needed awareness and urgency to clouded leopard conservation. Below are just a few of the reasons why Project Neofelis is needed now more than ever:
Four of the 10 countries with the world’s highest deforestation rates are clouded leopard range countries.
Three out of the 10 countries producing the most palm oil are clouded leopard range countries.
Many of those countries experiencing the heaviest volume of illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking are clouded leopard range countries.
There are between 12-15 tiger research, conservation, and conservation efforts, past and present, for every effort targeting clouded leopards.
Long-term program goals
S.P.E.C.I.E.S. long term aims for Project Neofelis are:
- To synthesize clouded leopard camera trap ‘bycatch’ data and put this to use in short and long-term surveys that can better inform conservation planning efforts.
- To establish collaborative clouded leopard field conservation and outreach projects, or population surveys, in every range country and/ or geographically significant region past and present
- To use the “cloud” from our increased focus on clouded leopards to emphasize and promote awareness of smaller, more endangered, felid species such as the bay cat (Catopuma badia) , marbled cat (Pardofelis marmota), flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps).
- To promote the use of palm oil-free products, and work with commercial good retailers, distributors, and manufacturers to eliminate (unsustainable?) palm oil form the supply chain.
- To connect the public at large with clouded leopards by promoting their biological and conservation story via social media and in the classroom, the use of graphical design, and by sharing important and insightful narratives and engaging video content.
- To develop a collaborative professional network that will facilitate greater collaboration and information-sharing among all stakeholders involved with clouded leopard research, education and outreach, and policy and strategy development.
How can you help?
Make a donation to S.P.E.C.I.E.S. today and support Project Neofelis. Your donation will go a long way to ensuring that our projects are as effective as they can be.
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