The clouded leopard is the state animal of Meghalaya in India.
Clouded leopards have been kept in zoos since the early 1900s, with captive breeding programs to help ensure the survival of the species.
Clouded leopards are most closely related to the “big cats” of the genus Panthera, which includes lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars. Unlike their larger relatives, they do not roar, but instead make meowing sounds, low growls, and hisses to communicate.
The clouded leopard was thought to be a single species until 2006, when genetic tests revealed the existence of a second species, Neofelis diardi (the Sunda clouded leopard). Though they are closely related and look very similar, they have been distinctive species for over a million years, and are more genetically different from each other than a lion is from a tiger.