Shy, nocturnal and highly endangered, there are only 10,000 clouded leopards in existence today. In Assam’s Manas Tiger Reserve, two orphaned clouded leopard cubs hand-raised for six months have just been returned to the wild. Though they’ll remain hidden in the forest canopy, they’ve been fitted with expandible radio collars for monitoring purposes. This unique move where conservation meets ecology is a result of a coordinated effort between The Bodoland Territorial Council, International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Wildlife Trust of India. If this pair survive other predators, poachers and natural disasters, the radio-collaring could provide valuable information about this mysterious and enigmatic spotted-species.
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