Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
As a top carnivore, clouded leopards are an important link in the rainforest ecosystem. Without them overpopulation of the species that they prey upon could occur, resulting in underpopulation of the species that the increased numbers of prey would feed upon, etc. Clouded leopards are needed to help maintain the intricate web of flora and fauna found in this ecosystem. Clouded leopards have been hunted for the fur trade and for the supposed medicinal properties of their body parts.
(Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 1997)