Adoptions are an ideal way of helping save some of the rarest cats in the world, whether it be the smallest wild cat, the Sri Lankan rusty spotted cat, the rarest of all big cats, the Amur leopard or the largest of big cats, the magnificent Amur tiger.
Adopting helps with the cats husbandry, including food and veterinary care when required.
As an adopter you are able to visit on one of the Supporters Afternoons run throughout the year, (one visit per 12 month adoption period); where you will be able to tour our site at your leisure, enjoy talks from the keepers followed by light refreshments. There is also the opportunity of bringing up to 4 guests for a suggested donation of £25 each.
Ben is has a very forward character and does not shy away from anything, this is quite unique in Clouded leopards as they are normally very shy individuals.
Ben loves watching what his keepers are doing and can often be seen standing up by the windows trying to get a closer view.
Breeding partner Mandalay is his life long companion; it is common to pair up Clouded leopards when they are just a few weeks old. After producing many litters of cubs for the EEP (European Endangered species breeding Program) they have retired to WHF, The Big Cat Snactuary.
Clouded leopards, like Snow leopards, are a bridge species between “big” and small cats as they cannot roar like true “big” cats but do not purr on the inhale like small cats. They make a range of different vocalisations from chirrups, yowls, mews, and the non-threatening prusten “chuff”.
Proportionally they have large feet, short legs and very long flexible tail which gives them excellent balance and allows them to live almost entirely arboreally! Their eyes are very large with distinctive tapetum lucidem which gives them excellent night vision, as they are almost entirely nocturnal in the wild. There is significant sexual dimorphism between male and females, with males being on average twice the size of females.
Little is known about wild reproduction, however wild clouded leopards are believed to be solitary except when rearing cubs. Females being much lighter, smaller and more agile can escape the larger more aggressive male by climbing onto higher tree branches that cannot support the male’s weight after mating. Clouded leopard kittens are born year-round after a gestation period of approximately 90 days (range 85 -100 days). The average litter size is 2, however between 1 and 5 kittens may be born in a litter. Offspring reach sexual maturity and disperse from their mother at 2.