The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a small wild cat found across 8 countries in Asia. Fishing cats are small cats with big personalities. They are extremely successful hunters, tapping the surface of the water to lure fish. Fishing cats will dive in water to chase after fish, with their partially webbed feet and fast wicking coat they are at home in water as well as on land.
Because of their dependency on water, fishing cats are threatened by the loss of wetlands, swamps and mangrove habitats. Urbanisation, farming and other human-animal conflict also mean that populations are set to drop by up to 30%. The fishing cat is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
Over the 28 days of February the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Fishing Cat Species Survival Plan (@FishingCatSSP) in conjunction with the Fishing Cat Working Group (@fishingcatwg) will be sharing their expertise knowledge via cartoons, videos and other engaging educational material. The Fishing Cat Working Group consists of conservationists and researchers working toward a single dream – a world with functioning floodplains and coastal ecosystems which would ensure that the fishing cat survives for future generations.