Who We Are

The Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance (FCCA) is a team of conservationists, researchers and fishing cat enthusiasts working to achieve a single dream – a world with functioning floodplains and coastal ecosystems that would ensure the survival of the fishing cat and all species with which it shares a home.

Our goal is to conduct sound and meaningful research to determine the ecological needs of this unique species and to engage the community in conservation efforts. We aim to mainstream fishing cat conservation, to inspire fascination instead of fear, and to have a positive impact on the livelihoods of those who live alongside the fishing cat, from conflict to curiosity for the species. We work as a team, complementing each other and helping raise the bar for small wild cat conservation on a global scale.

We are a growing family and we believe that people from all walks of life can, and should, contribute towards conservation, and together we would help guide them as they join the fight to protect the fishing cat.

Our Mission

The Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance supports the conservation of fishing cats and their natural habitats within their geographical range in South and South East Asia, by working with local partners around the world to identify and mitigate threats to the species, and to engage local communities in conservation.

Conservation Partners

Our Team

Jim Sanderson, PhD
President

Founder of Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation

Wai-Ming Wong, PhD
Vice President

Director, Small Cat and Grant Programs, Panthera

Linda Castaneda
Secretary

Founder of the Fishing Cat Fund

Devan Sewell
Treasurer

Founder of Wild Oasis

Tiasa Adhya
India

Founder of The Fishing Cat Project, India

Murthy Kantimahanti
India

Founder of Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society, India

Giridhar Malla
India

Founder of the Godavari Fishing Cat Project, India

Anya Ratnayaka
Sri Lanka

Founder of the Urban Fishing Cat Conservation Project, Sri Lanka / Co-founder Small Cat Advocacy and Research, Sri Lanka

Ashan Thudugala
Sri Lanka

Founder of the Save Fishing Cat Conservation Project, Sri Lanka / Co-founder Small Cat Advocacy and Research, Sri Lanka

Rama Mishra
Nepal

Co-founder of Wildlife Conservation Association Nepal (WildCAN) / Founder of the Terai Fishing Cat Project, Nepal

Prativa Kaspal
Nepal

Fishing cat conservation in Lumbini Wetlands, Nepal

Swechhya Shrestha
Nepal

Co-founder Initiation of Community Based Conservation of Fishing Cat in Jagdishpur, Kapilvastu, Nepal

Sagar Dahal
Nepal

Founder of the Fishing Cat Conservation Project, Nepal / Co-founder Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation, Nepal

Ganesh Puri
Nepal

Founder / Director of the Western Terai Fishing Cat Project, Nepal

Ai Suzuki
Bangladesh and Myanmar

Founder of the Fishing Cat Project in Bangladesh and Myanmar

Sayam Chowdhury
Bangladesh

Founder of the Project Fishing Cat, Bangladesh

Zafeer Ahmed Shaikh
Pakistan

Founder of Fishing Cat Conservation, Pakistan

Vanessa Herranz Muñoz
Cambodia

Founder of Kla Trey, the Cambodian Fishing Cat Project

Erwin Wilianto
Java, Indonesia

Currently searching for signs of the Javan fishing cat

Dylan Henriksen
Social Media Coordinator

Undergrad at Humboldt State University.

Neville Buck
England

Section Manager of Small Carnivores, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

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