Clouded leopards are bred at the Zoo's Front Royal, Virginia. They are part of an international program to conserve the species, which is threatened by deforestation and hunting.
National Zoo scientists and their colleagues around the world are aggressively working to save this species from decline. One of their goals is to create a genetically diverse population, and the birth of numerous cubs in the past years is a major cause for celebration. In fact, the Zoo's Virginia facility holds the largest population of clouded leopards in North America.