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Clouded leopards declared extinct in Taiwan

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clouded leopard pouncing photo

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TreeHugger readers have a soft spot for cute animals; the demise of the Taiwan clouded leopard is the most popular post of the week. Stephen reports:

Formosan clouded leopards, a subspecies of those found on mainland Asia, were once highly sought-after by poachers for their valuable skins. And despite the fact that the last reliable evidence of their continued existence is from a 1910 diary entry, biologists believed that the notoriously elusive animal might have avoided extinction in the years that followed, spurring the more-than-a-decade long study to find them.

No such luck. More: Clouded leopards declared extinct in Taiwan

See also: Up Close: The Amazingly Beautiful Clouded Leopard!