Amur Leopard Numbers Rising

Only about 30 Amur leopards were left in 2007, making extinction seem imminent. But thanks to recent conservation efforts, the cats’ population has roughly doubled in just eight years, a new census finds.

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Sagar Dahal

Meet Fishing Cat Field Researcher

Sagar Dahal

Sagar Dahal Fishing Cat Researcher

My name is Sagar Dahal. I am from Eastern Tarai of Nepal but live in Kathmandu now. I have a Masters in Zoology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. I am also a co-founder of Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation which is a leading organization for the research and conservation of small mammals within Nepal.

I lead the small cats conservation team. My quest of searching for Fishing Cats started when I first live trapped the fishing cat in Chitwan National Park in 2011.

Fishing Cat Chitwan 2011


Recently, my team completed a survey of fishing cats in Jagadispur Reservoir in Kapilvastu and Ghodaghodi lake in Kailali districts. We used camera traps and recorded fishing cat for the first time outside the protected area from four locations of Jagadishpur Reservoir and Banganga river in Kapilvastu district.  In addition to that we also recorded jungle cat in Jagadishpur reservoir.

Fishing Cat Jagadishpur


Unfortunately, we could not record any Fishing Cats in Ghodaghodi lake but we recorded leopard cat. My upcoming plan is to join the missing dots of distribution of fishing cat outside the protected area along the foothills of Chure range in Nepal. I am also looking forward to doing a PhD on ecology and behavior of Fishing Cats of Nepal.

Fishing Cat Banganga River

See his recent post of new Fishing Cat sightings outside of protected areas:

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Sumatran Projects

Want to fund a small cat project in Sumatra?  Check out the Clouded Leopard, Flat Headed Cat, Golden CatLeopard Cat and Marbled Cat Projects first and then  Contact Dr. Jim Sanderson.

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Tigers Get Most of the Funding



This tiger was in the same area as the small cats we are studying.

Way Kambas – Neil Franklin, Sumatran Tiger Conservation Program

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Big Cat Incidents

These stories include killings, maulings, escapes and wild cat sightings that were most likely captive cats who were set free or who had escaped.

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