Clouded Leopard Fundraiser

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Hi everyone! My name is Sean Prockter and I have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the island of Borneo in November to conduct research on the Clouded Leopard. They are amazing animals and considered one of the best climbers in the cat family. They are capable of hanging upside down from a branch, have tails as long as their bodies to aid in balance, and rotating ankles that can turn 180 degrees to enable them to scale down a tree trunk! Another unique feature of Clouded Leopards is that they have the longest upper canines for their skull size than any other modern predator. This leads scientists to believe that they may hunt large prey differently from any other big cat.

Scientists know very little about Clouded Leopards because of their nocturnal habits and low population numbers. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 leopards distributed in small patches throughout Southeast Asia. Borneo is regarded as having one of the greatest concentrations of leopards in Asia and that is why my research is located at Crocker Range National Park, Borneo, in the heart of Clouded Leopard habitat. What I will be doing is hiking through the mountainous terrain with a backpack full of camera traps. These traps will be strategically placed throughout the leopard’s known ranges in order to try and get an estimate on population levels and movement patterns. This will help in determining what areas are considered critical habitat for the Clouded Leopards leading to better conservation strategies in the end. It is not only difficult but dangerous to conduct our research in any other way except via camera trap equipment because of the frequent night time travel of both leopards and poachers.

One of the major reasons Clouded Leopard populations are suffering so badly is because of the poachers that wander the region at night. Clouded Leopards are highly prized in the illegal trade market and are often sought after for their beautiful pelts. Additionally, habitat degradation and deforestation has broken up the Clouded Leopard’s territories and isolated them to small patches not suitable to survival. As a result, the Clouded Leopard Project has been established. It is a non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of saving the Clouded Leopards from extinction.

Not only does the project support in situ research like this one, but also breeding projects such as the one being done at Point Defiance Zoo in Washington. They are trying to see if captive breeding is a viable option to increasing population numbers; however, thus far, it has been fairly unsuccessful. Unless the male and female Clouded Leopards have formed a bond early in life, forced breeding has only led to male attacks on the female and have even led to death. If we can shed some light on the biology of wild clouded leopards, their future may not look as dismal as it does today. That’s why we need your help! My goal is to raise $2,000 which will enable me to travel to Borneo and be a part of this critical study; however, any extra money that gets raised will go towards supporting the various projects they are currently working on.

Every little bit will help these struggling animals, so I hope you are able to donate towards my cause! When I return, I plan on sending an email to all the donors explaining my research, any interesting findings, and some pictures from the trip. If you send a donation of $50.00 or more, I will send a personal thank you letter along with a hard copy of a picture from the actual camera traps, hopefully of a Clouded Leopard! For more information, please visit their website at:

www.cloudedleopard.org

Thank you for your help in getting me to Borneo to try and save one of the most amazing animals on the planet from extinction!


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    Claire Vandewalle
    8 years

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    Olga Stepanova
    8 years

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    Alicia Engel
    8 years

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Clouded Leopard Fundraiser

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About This Cause

Hi everyone! My name is Sean Prockter and I have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the island of Borneo in November to conduct research on the Clouded Leopard. They are amazing animals and considered one of the best climbers in the cat family. They are capable of hanging upside down from a branch, have tails as long as their bodies to aid in balance, and rotating ankles that can turn 180 degrees to enable them to scale down a tree trunk! Another unique feature of Clouded Leopards is that they have the longest upper canines for their skull size than any other modern predator. This leads scientists to believe that they may hunt large prey differently from any other big cat.

Scientists know very little about Clouded Leopards because of their nocturnal habits and low population numbers. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 leopards distributed in small patches throughout Southeast Asia. Borneo is regarded as having one of the greatest concentrations of leopards in Asia and that is why my research is located at Crocker Range National Park, Borneo, in the heart of Clouded Leopard habitat. What I will be doing is hiking through the mountainous terrain with a backpack full of camera traps. These traps will be strategically placed throughout the leopard’s known ranges in order to try and get an estimate on population levels and movement patterns. This will help in determining what areas are considered critical habitat for the Clouded Leopards leading to better conservation strategies in the end. It is not only difficult but dangerous to conduct our research in any other way except via camera trap equipment because of the frequent night time travel of both leopards and poachers.

One of the major reasons Clouded Leopard populations are suffering so badly is because of the poachers that wander the region at night. Clouded Leopards are highly prized in the illegal trade market and are often sought after for their beautiful pelts. Additionally, habitat degradation and deforestation has broken up the Clouded Leopard’s territories and isolated them to small patches not suitable to survival. As a result, the Clouded Leopard Project has been established. It is a non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of saving the Clouded Leopards from extinction.

Not only does the project support in situ research like this one, but also breeding projects such as the one being done at Point Defiance Zoo in Washington. They are trying to see if captive breeding is a viable option to increasing population numbers; however, thus far, it has been fairly unsuccessful. Unless the male and female Clouded Leopards have formed a bond early in life, forced breeding has only led to male attacks on the female and have even led to death. If we can shed some light on the biology of wild clouded leopards, their future may not look as dismal as it does today. That’s why we need your help! My goal is to raise $2,000 which will enable me to travel to Borneo and be a part of this critical study; however, any extra money that gets raised will go towards supporting the various projects they are currently working on.

Every little bit will help these struggling animals, so I hope you are able to donate towards my cause! When I return, I plan on sending an email to all the donors explaining my research, any interesting findings, and some pictures from the trip. If you send a donation of $50.00 or more, I will send a personal thank you letter along with a hard copy of a picture from the actual camera traps, hopefully of a Clouded Leopard! For more information, please visit their website at:

www.cloudedleopard.org

Thank you for your help in getting me to Borneo to try and save one of the most amazing animals on the planet from extinction!


CREATED BY:

Sean Prockter

Contact me
  • $ 25
    Claire Vandewalle
    8 years

    No Comment

  • $ 10
    Olga Stepanova
    8 years

    No Comment

  • $ 20
    Alicia Engel
    8 years

    No Comment

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