While the environment has been in the news lately, it’s not all doom and gloom. There is a little bit of hope in the form of a long-thought-extinct leopard was spotted to be alive and thriving by multiple witnesses in Taiwan.
The Formosan clouded leopard, also known as Neofelis nebulosa brachyuran, which is a subspecies of the clouded leopard on the island of Taiwan. Since there had been no confirmed sightings of it in the wild since 1983, the species was declared extinct in 2013.
According to Taiwan News however, Taiwanese scholars have been reluctant to remove it from the endangered species list because of rare but occasional sightings, like the recent ones by villagers who say they spotted the elusive leopard on two different occasions in 2018.