Western Terai Fishing Cat Project

Ganesh graduated in forestry and wildlife from Agriculture and Forestry University in Nepal. Working as a Nepal government forest and wildlife ranger in Western Terai region of Nepal, Ganesh have been encountering the serious conservation threats for the fishing cat such as habitat loss and the retaliatory killings from hunting, poisoning and snaring of wildlife species in his working areas. Then, he decided to commit for mitigating these survival threats of fishing cat in the Western Terai Landscape in Nepal and established the Western Terai Fishing Cat Project. 

Ganesh received the small grant from MbZSCF on September 2020 to initiate his fishing cat conservation project. He empowers, motivates and engages the local fishing dependent communities (Bote, Majhi, Tharu and Musahar) and their school kids in fishing cat conservation. In the coming years, Ganesh has planned to establish the COMMUNITY-BASED FISHING PONDS in Kapilvastu district of Western Terai Landscape. The fishing ponds will be run by communities themselves which not only support their livelihood but also change their negative attitudes and behaviour and foster them to take stewardship in fishing cat conservation in their backyard.

Project initiated: 2020
Current status: Ongoing
Founder / Primary Investigator: Ganesh Puri
Forest and Wildlife Ranger: Division Forest Office Kapilvastu (Gautambuddha), Department of Forest, Government of Nepal