Cloud rat

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Cloud rats
"Phloeomys pallidus"
Phloeomys pallidus
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
(unranked): Phloeomys division
Groups included
Cladistically included but traditionally excluded taxa

The cloud rats or cloudrunners are a group of arboreal and folivorous[1] nocturnal rodents native to the forests of the Philippines. There are six known species of true cloud rat, and two dwarf cloud rat species.

Cloud rats are slow-moving herbivores and are thought to be preyed upon by large birds such as the Philippine eagle[citation needed]. The rats are quite large, and they have been hunted by people in the Philippines for their meat, driving the rodents to near extinction[citation needed].

These animals have not been studied extensively. The Filipino Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau has begun breeding Northern Luzon slender-tailed cloud rats in captivity. Some species of cloud rats are kept in the mini-zoo of the College of Agriculture and Forestry of the West Visayas State University in their Lambunao campus in the province of Iloilo.[citation needed]

Several European and North American zoos also keep and breed cloud rats in captivity; including the London Zoo[2] , Prague Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Wingham Wildlife Park[3] and Chester Zoo[4].



  1. ^ van der Geer, Alexandra; et al. (2010). Evolution of island mammals : adaptation and extinction of placental mammals on islands. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 226. ISBN 978-1-4051-9009-1.
  2. ^ "Cloud rat arrives at London Zoo". BBC News. 2004-11-11. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  3. ^ "Northern Luzon Cloud Rat". Wingham Wildlife Park. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Chester Zoo has just become home to a tree kangaroo called Sangria". Chester Live. 2018-05-23. Retrieved 2019-10-04.