Category Archives: Fishing Cats

29 August

Giridhar Malla will give a presentation titled The role of mangroves in safeguarding the vulnerable Fishing Cat in South India at the Mangrove Symposium of the IUCN-SSC Mangrove Specialist Grouphosted from 12 to 17 September by the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research in Bremen, Germany.

Fishing Cat in Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India. Photo credit: Giridhar Malla

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Fishing Cat Ponds

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Fishing Cat Rehab CenterUpdate from Dr. Sanderson:

I just returned from a visit to Sri Lanka.

Fishing Cat Rehab Center

Attached see pics of our road signs, and the rehab enclosure we built. It has two residents. We buy the materials, the land belongs to government, and the army builds it according to our drawings, at no cost to us. They also pay for half the food costs.

Fishing Cat Rehab Center

The cats love the running water as you can see. When we turned the pump on both cats ran from the box and onto the top of the waterfall.

Fishing Cat Rehab Center

One cat who had been snared, had severed the tendons in a rear leg, but still can make it to the top.

Fishing Cat Rehab Center

And he can still catch fish.

A rusty-spotted cat came in and had to have its leg amputated. We now need another $4,000.00 USD to build a similar enclosure for rusty-spotted cats. He is currently at the vet, and was destined to be sent to a terrible zoo.

Instead, Ashan Thudugala is already designing the dual enclosure. I don’t think this enclosure will need a pool or waterfall but its hard to imagine any cat in Sri Lanka avoiding water.

Next week an International film crew will be filming the fishing cats at the center.

Thanks for all your help.

Jim Sanderson, Ph.D.
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“As far as I know this is the best fishing cat enclosure in south Asia which has more space, cages, pond with live fish and a waterfall. Currently we have two fishing cats in the cage and we already released two wounded cats after treating.

But as Jim said, we plan to build a another cage for rusty spotted cats at the same place. Thank you again.

Best regards,  Ashan Thudugala

Thanking Fishing Cat Donors

A million thanks to all those, who supported the work of our members!


Anya & Maalu Fishing Cat Story

Anya & Maalu’s Fishing Cat Story

It was a Friday. A very boring Friday. Well, at least I think it was a Friday… Either way, it was a dull day. I was doing my usual annoy the dogs routine when I got a call.

A call about a fishing cat.

At first, the call was just boring old work stuff, and I think the topic of the cat just happened to pop up. It may have been a phone call about work, but then Maalu, being the sneaky devil that he was, quietly slipped into the conversation.

“Ade, guess what? We are looking after an orphaned fishing cat.”

“A what now?” At the time I was researching leopards, and knew very little about fishing cats.

“A fishing cat. Your uncle did a study on them 6 years ago. Come see it.”

Of course at this point the only thing that I could think of was OH MY GOODNESS I HAVE TO SEE THIS THING NOW!!! But I calmly said yup would love to, and got off the phone – I couldn’t really start squealing like a little kid who was promised a puppy, could I?

The next day I was ready. With my camera in hand, I set out to see this fishing cat. When I got to the location, which the cat called home at the time, I proceeded to tiptoe into the room, and then I saw him.

There he was sitting on the ground, with a soggy fuchsia sock in his mouth. Eyes wide. Paws tucked under. Stubby tail twitching. The only thing that could remotely explain what I thought at that point is perfectly depicted by Agnes from Despicable Me, when she sees the pink and white unicorn at the carnival. Only difference was that I couldn’t grab him and run off.

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Tiasa Fishing Cat News

Tiasa and her team made it again into the news. Read why at

Big Cat Rescue helped fund this project.

30 August

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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Seven new Fishing Cat Signboards

13 August

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

South Asia’s forgotten wildcat needs our help

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,

Reinhard Behrend
Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.)