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Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat (Crateromys heaneyi)
Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat fact file
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Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat description
First discovered in 1987, the Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat is a large, squirrel-like rodent with long, grizzled greyish-brown fur and a long, bushy tail (2) (3) (4). The second largest of the four known Crateromys species, which are all endemic to the Philippines, this species measures just over two feet from its nose to the tip of its tail (2).
- Also known as
- Panay cloud runner.
- Total length: 61 cm (2)
- Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources:
- Living in trees.
- A species or taxonomic group that is only found in one particular country or geographic area.
- Active at night.
- IUCN Red List (January, 2007)
- Preiser, P. (1997) Where the Running Rodents Play. Discover, 18(1). Available at:
- Asean Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBC) (January, 2007)
- BBC News: Cloud rat arrives at London Zoo (January, 2006)
- The Field Museum: A synopsis of the Mammalian Fauna of the Philippine Islands (January, 2007)
- Ceferino, P.M. (2001) Endangered Philippine Wildlife Species with Special Reference to the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) and Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis). Journal of International Development and Cooperation, 18(1): 1 - 17. Available at:
- Human Aging Genomic Resources (January, 2006)
- Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources (January, 2006)
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Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat biology
Cloud rats are arboreal, nocturnal animals that usually spend most of the day sleeping in holes of large trees (1) (6). Their diet typically consists of tender young leaves, bananas, guavas and young corns (1) (6). One captive specimen of this species lived for almost nine years, but the maximum potential lifespan is unknown (7).Top
Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat rangeTop
Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat habitat
Found in lowland primary and secondary forest to approximately 400 m above sea level (5).Top
Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat status
Classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List (1).Top
Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat threats
Like other cloud rats, the Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat is threatened primarily by wide-scale deforestation and habitat destruction (1) (6). Additionally, cloud rats are hunted for their meat and to be kept as pets (6).Top
Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat conservation
Cloud rats are among the wildlife species protected by the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, an organisation dedicated to the conservation of Philippine biodiversity with links to a number of conservation groups nationally and internationally (6) (8). The Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat has been bred in captivity, including the UK’s London Zoo, the first institution outside of the Philippines to successfully breed the rat. The aim is to establish a viable captive population outside of the Philippines as an ‘insurance population’ (4). Captive populations also provide important opportunities to study the behaviour and biology of this species, which can in turn feed into creating more appropriate conservation measures in the future to protect the wild Panay bushy-tailed cloud rat.Top
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