Clouded Leopard conservation book launches in schools

FREELAND Foundation has just launched “The Clouded Leopard’s Secret” illustrated story book in schools around the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.

Created by the Clouded Leopard Project with support from Point Defiance Zoo and FREELAND, the book aims to raise awareness about threatened species and the importance of their conservation. Presented in both Thai & English, it also helps students improve their language skills.

Written by Karen Povey and illustrated by Heather Hudson, “The Clouded Leopard’s Secret” tells the story of a reformed poacher who finds employment with a conservation group, becoming a protector of the Clouded Leopard and its habitat. His feelings and experiences are described in the book, as a way to help children (some from poacher families) understand the importance of wildlife conservation and steer them away from poaching.

A globally threatened species, the Clouded Leopard is still found living and breeding in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex. However, encroachment on its habitat and poaching for its prized skin are serious threats to the Clouded Leopard’s survival. The conservation of key carnivore species, such as the Clouded Leopard, can help preserve other wildlife and ensure the biodiversity and vitality of living eco-systems.

“The Clouded Leopard’s Secret” is being distributed for free by FREELAND’s Mobile Education Unit to students in schools around the Forest Complex. Other schools can request the book for use as an educational tool and support additional print runs by making a donation.

To enquire about the book, contact FREELAND.


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