Clouded leopard preservation gains traction in three North-East states
Northeast India is home to a variety of animals including several which are indigenous to the region.
Over the years, rapid urbanisation has destroyed a significant portion of forest cover - once home to several indigenous species. One such species is the clouded leopard.
The clouded leopard is the state animal of Meghalaya and was recently listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
This development has come under the radar of three north-eastern states, namely Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram - which are now taking steps to protect the endangered animal.
On the occasion of wildlife week, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma took to his official Twitter handle and posted the following tweet, "The state animal of Meghalaya, the Clouded Leopard, a beautiful spotted cat, is a majestic sight to watch. Sadly, it has been declared vulnerable by the IUCN. Let us work towards preserving such rare species.”
Meanwhile, Tripura's Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary and Clouded Leopard National Park have taken steps for captive breeding of the species.
Besides this, Mizoram's Dampa Tiger Reserve holds the distinction for the highest number of clouded leopards in Southeast Asia.
Steps taken by these states in the preservation of the clouded leopard would hopefully create a balance in the ecosystem.