Tiasa and her team made it again into the news. Read why at www.fishing-cat.wild-cat.org
Big Cat Rescue helped fund this project.
The Hindustan Times (Kolkata) published this article:
Panchayat joins bid to save fishing cats : Howrah Zilla Parishad would support campaign to raise general awareness on the endangered animal
The Howrah Zilla Parishad has teamed up with an army of conservationists to save the fishing cat, the state animal of Bengal now considered an endangered species.
The Zilla Parishad has assured help to the conservationists, who had proposed to use the three-tier panchayat administration to raise public awareness on the endangered animal.
Though the numbers have been dwindling elsewhere in the state, Howrah is still home to a sizeable contingent of fishing cats.
“This is arguably the first time that all three tiers of the panchayat system will be used to save an endangered animal. Plans are afoot to form a Baghrol Bachao Committee (Save Fishing Cat Committee) in every village (in the Howrah Zilla Parishad area) to raise public awareness on the animal that now faces extinction,” Manas Basu, a top forest and land official of Howrah Zilla Parishad, told HT.
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In Sri Lanka’s Kandy district, Ashan Thudugala and his team placed seven signboards along a road where he had previously recorded several fishing cat road kills. People are asked to drive carefully as fishing cats may cross the road.
Ashan shows more of his photos about the making and putting up of the signboards in his flickr album.
His project titled
“Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus): Monitoring home range and implementing conservation actions in the Gannoruwa forest”
is supported by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. See more at http://www.fishing-cat.wild-cat.org/
Arash Ghoddousi sent a new photographic record in Iran — for details see www.pallas-cat.wild-cat.org
Dear friends of the rainforests,
Often overlooked in the shadow of its larger cousin, the tiger, the fishing cat is feeling the heat. Humans are closing in on its habitat, draining and polluting marshland and clearing the mangrove forests it needs for survival.
Poachers hunt the cats with relative impunity while local officials seem oblivious to their endangered status. Ajith Kumar of India’s National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) warns: “If killing continues like this, the species would become extinct very soon.”
Please tell the West Bengal Forest Department to set up a dedicated Fishing Cat Protection Force and prosecute poachers to the full extent of the law.
Thanks for being involved,
Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.)
Indrajit Adok filmed a fishing cat family at ease — see his little video at www.fishing-cat.wild-cat.org
Thank you all for supporting Tiasa’s petition!! More than 5500 people from 49 countries signed. The fishing cat poachers have been arrested and taken to court on Thursday. West Bengal’s Chief Wildlife Warden promised to conduct regular awareness campaigns.
And now enjoy Indrajit’s video!!
Fishing Cat Working Group www.fishing-cat.wild-cat.org