Fishing Cat Project, Koshi Tappu Reserve
The project activities were carried out in two sessions. First was camera trap survey in fish ponds of eastern Buffer Zone of Koshi Tappu Wildife Reserve in October and November of 2016. For the first time camera trapping was done covering almost whole area of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in November and December of 2017. This is specifically targeted for the fishing cat study. Besides camera trapping questionnaire survey and school and community awareness programmes about conservation of FC has also been conducted.
Rationale of the study:
- Fishing cat populations are threatened by destruction of wetlands and declined severely over the last decade.
- A significant population of the species exist in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
- The population is threatened due to damage on riparian and wetland habitats by large scale illegal grazing of domestic livestock within the reserve.
- Survival threats arise from conflicts with fish farming and poultry production, from human disturbance at den sites and breeding areas and from reduced food supplies through overfishing.
- To assess local perception on fishing cat.
- To quantify the use of private fish ponds by fishing cat in buffer zone of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
- To estimate population and density of fishing cat in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
- To prepare fishing cat conservation strategy for Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.