3.3 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas


Read the short essay below to identify any facts, opinions, and reasoned judgments in the text.

Protecting the Clouded Leopard

Scientists have speculated that the wild population of the clouded leopard is getting smaller. The cat is often hunted for its teeth, bones, and fur. But the main cause for the shrinking population is the continued loss of the cats’ habitat in Asia. There are fewer and fewer safe places for the clouded leopard to live. With the destruction of its habitat, the destruction of the species cannot be far behind.
The Clouded Leopard Project works to conserve and protect the population of this endangered cat. The project teaches about clouded leopards, analyzing their habits in captivity by watching their behaviors and interactions. The project realizes it is vital to the cats’ survival to breed the animals in zoos. If more clouded leopards aren’t born soon, the population will be propelled quickly into extinction. Zoos aren’t really good places for animals to be. But if that’s the only way to save the leopard, it seems necessary.
The project has had some great successes in the last few years. Two cubs were born in the United States, and two were born in its special program in Thailand. Efforts are made not only to help breed the animals, but also to preserve their habitats.
Members of the Clouded Leopard Project hope the urge to protect such species will become embedded in people. They sponsor several education programs at zoos. These programs are very entertaining and very fun. Members also sponsor programs to directly help the cats. Through their work, they ultimately will increase the populations of this species.


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