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Formosan clouded leopard goes extinct

Posted on Friday, 3 May, 2013 | Comment icon 27 comments | News tip by: Darkwind

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A subspecies of clouded leopard unique to Taiwan has been declared extinct by a team of zoologists.

The Formosan clouded leopard once roamed the wilds of Taiwan over territories that spanned from the hills of the Himalayas to Southeast Asia to China. Since 2001 researchers from Taiwan and the US have attempted to locate the animals using a network of 1,500 infra-red cameras but have to date found nothing. "There is little chance that the clouded leopard still exists in Taiwan," said zoologist Chiang Po-jen.

It is believed that a combination of illegal hunting and habitat destruction is responsible for the leopards' disappearance. The nearest living relatives are a pair of clouded leopards in Taipei Zoo that are an imported subspecies from Southeast Asia.

"The Formosan clouded leopard, a clouded-leopard subspecies native to Taiwan, is now extinct, according to a team of zoologists."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by Mnemonix on 5 May, 2013, 14:47
Clouded leopards are becoming rarer here, hopefully they won't share the same fate...
Comment icon #19 Posted by redhen on 5 May, 2013, 17:10
I've seen some academic and popular articles about the cultural differences that are seen when it comes to environmental issues. Sad to day, but it seems that animal welfare and environmental concerns in general are a I wish I still had access to scholarly databases, there are many papers with titles along the line of " " This problem goes beyond just the regular, routine government corruption and ineptitude in many 3rd world nations. The solution? Dammed if I know. Maybe some serious attachments to the usual financial and military aid the West gives these countries? Th... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Hawkin on 6 May, 2013, 4:17
I don't like to sound gloomy but we humans are responsible for animal extinctions and deforestation of our planet and can't seem to live in harmony with nature. Our population keeps increasing while other species decrease. We destroy habitat for urban development for a growing population. I believe that nature will take care of that problem and someday thin out the herd.
Comment icon #21 Posted by redhen on 6 May, 2013, 13:49
By we are sawing off the tree branch that we're sitting on.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Hawkin on 6 May, 2013, 15:37
Good link. Yes a lot of people are unaware of what's happening to there planet. They go about there daily lives and don't give any thought about their children or grandchild's future. I know in some western countries family sizes have been reduced to 1-3 children but their are 3rd world and developing nations that have large families. And migrants come to western countries increasing the populations there. I've notice on tv shows that in Florida housing development has encroached on the Everglades and the new residents there are always calling pest control specialist yo re... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 6 May, 2013, 23:41
Interesting, thanks for the links!
Comment icon #24 Posted by evancj on 7 May, 2013, 0:30
I wonder if it is not so much a racial/ethnic thing and rather more a financial/economic thing. There is definitely an educational component, or lack there of here, which also translates into a financial/economic thing.
Comment icon #25 Posted by redhen on 7 May, 2013, 1:37
I think you have a valid point. I would find it hard to believe that there's some sort of "green" gene that only is found in Caucasians. I could imagine that the priority of environmental/animal welfare issues are rather far down the list in societies that exist hand to mouth, no matter what ethnicity. But I still think these studies are on to something. Whenever you look at an environmental protest it does seem to be predominately white kids. From my interests in animal rights/welfare I know that the first animal cruelty legislation and organizations were created in Britain.... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by evancj on 8 May, 2013, 0:21
Relatively speaking, I think it was only recently that we westerners had the wealth, and time for the luxury of pondering the welfare of our fellow nonhuman beings, and enjoying them for what they are, and the knowledge of their existence, freedom, and beauty. I find it a bit ironic that we amassed our wealth and resulting leisure time to worry about such things by destroying whole ecosystems, and exterminating entire species.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Abramelin on 8 May, 2013, 15:59
I expect it will end: it will be the moment we will start hunt each other when everything else is gone.

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