Top 10 National Parks to Spot Clouded Leopard in India

Clouded Leopard (Neofelis Nebulosa) is a vulnerable wild cat found in the Indian Himalayan foothills of northeast India. The Indian clouded leopard is the most elusive cats in the world and one of the five big cats found in India. Total population of Clouded Leopards are suspected to be fewer than 10,000 mature in the wild world and found only in the national parks of north east India.

Clouded Leopard National Park, Tripura

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Clouded Leopard National Park of Tripura is India’s first dedicated wildlife park to Clouded Leopards, located inside the the Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary. The Clouded Leopard park covers an area of about 5.08 square kilometres and also home to four species of primate monkey including Phayre’s langur.

Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh

Namdapha National Park is the largest national park of Northeast in terms of area and also the third largest national park in India. The park has one of the richest biodiversity in the country and the only national park in India to host four big cat species of Snow leopards, Clouded Leopards, Indian leopards and Tigers.

Buxa National Park, West Bengal

Buxa National Park is one of the Tiger Reserve in West Bengal, located in the Buxa Hills of the hilly area near Bhutan. Buxa Tiger Reserve is one of the national park in Bengal to spot majestic Clouded Leopard in India and nearby chilapata forests forms elephant corridor between Jaldapara and the Buxa.

Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam

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Dibru Saikhowa National Park is one of the largest parks in Assam and top nineteen biodiversity hotspots in the world. The national wildlife park has rich and diverse fauna and one of the national park to house maximum number of wild cats in India.

Phawngpui National Park, Mizoram

Phawngpui National Park or the Blue Mountain National Park is home to wonderful range of birdlife and rare animals like mountain goat, leopard,serow and goral. The clouded leopard was also spotted and documented in natural habitat of Phawngpui Blue Mountain National Park.

Manas National Park, Assam

Manas National Park of Assam is one of the most famous natural world heritage site in India and known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife. The sanctuary house largest population of the endangered Bengal florican and endangered wildlife like the Assam roofed turtle, clouded leopards, golden langur and pygmy hog.

Balphakram National Park, Meghalaya

Balphakram National Park is also called as Grand Canyon National Park of India,located extreme South of Garo Hills in Meghalaya. Clouded Leopard is the state animal of Meghalaya and one of the wild cat that live throughout the forests of Garo,Khasi and Jaintia  Hills.

Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary, Tripura

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Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary of Tripura is famous for its clouded leopard population, located in Bishalgarh. The sanctuary also has artificial lake,natural botanical and zoological gardens and contains a variety of birds, primates, and other animals.

Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

Kanchenjunga National Park is part of the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve,located in Sikkim and first Mixed Heritage site of India. The Kanchenjunga Park is home to third highest peak in the world and wild animals like musk deer, snow leopard, Clouded Leopard and Himalayan tahr.

Singalila National Park, Darjeeling

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Singalila National Park in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu peak. The park is falls in the Indomalaya ecozone and home to number of mammals including clouded leopard, serow,takin, red panda, leopard cat and yellow-throated marten.