DRAPER, Utah (News4utah) – International Clouded Leopard Day was celebrated at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium over the weekend in Draper.
The Aquarium is home to two of the Asian carnivorous cats, a male named Koshi and a female named Rhu. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of clouded leopards, which typically roam the Himalayan Foothills, southeast of Asia and China.
Because of poachers and a shrinking habitat they are listed as an endangered species with only an estimated 10,000 breeding adults remaining.
These two cats have turned into being a favorite for many visitors to the aquarium.
“Guests love it. They’re playful animals, sometimes they’re sleeping but sometimes they’re out doing enrichment activities,” said Caroline Rolstone, Director of Marketing for Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. “They love playing with burlap sacks and balls. It’s really fun to see them play.”
The wild clouded leopards use their whiskers to navigate at night and use their big teeth and sharp claws to hunt deer, pigs, squirrels and even monkeys.
They are shy and elusive so they are rarely spotted by others.