7. Clouded Leopard
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The clouded leopard (Pardofelis nebulosa) is a member of the order Carnivora and the family Felidae. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Nepal. This species has been reported to occur in the protected areas of Annapurna Conservation Area, Chitwan National Park, Kanchanjunga Conservation Area (skin seized four years ago), Langtang National Park (one casualty recorded in Langtang 10 years ago), Makalu Barun (two pelts were recently recorded from the park's buffer zone), Rara National Park, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, and Ghodaghodi Lake Area, as well as the districts of Ilam. Clouded Leopards live in cold, dry and semi-arid shrubland, alpine and subalpine environments, grasslands, and open woodlands, preferring steep terrain with cliffs, ridges, gullies, and rocky outcrops at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 5,500 meters. This species has a worldwide population of roughly 3200 individuals. This species is limited to 300-500 individuals in Nepal.