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, Prague Zoo, Central Park Zoo and the Bronx Zoo.[2]



  1. ^ al.], Alexandra van der Geer ... [et (2010). Evolution of island mammals : adaptation and extinction of placental mammals on islands. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 226. ISBN 1-4051-9009-4. 
  2. ^ "Cloud rat arrives at London Zoo". BBC News. 2004-11-11. Retrieved 2008-04-28.