Gallery: Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan


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A 13-year search for one of the smallest big cats in the world just ended, confirming what many feared: The Formosan clouded leopard is extinct in Taiwan. The more than decade-long search involved 1,500 infrared cameras, baited fur traps, and countless hours of fieldwork by zoologists from Taiwan and the U.S. But habitat loss, poaching and the lack of prey combined to seal the fate of the beautiful cat.

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