News 2017

22 May

Giridhar Malla received a Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust award for his Fishing Cat conservation project in the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, India.

He has also been invited to present his research on Fishing Cat at the Animal Behavior Society's Annual Conference held in June at the University Toronto Scarborough, Canada, and at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Cartagena, Columbia, in July this year. CONGRATULATIONS, Giridhar!!

22 May

The Times of India published: I aim to conserve wildlife of the Eastern Ghats: Kantimahanti Murthy.

19 May

Sagar Dahal received a grant for his new Fishing Cat conservation project in human-dominated landscape of Bara district, Nepal, from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. CONGRATULATIONS, Sagar!!

1 May

The Dhaka Tribune published this photo and the article Villagers beat Fishing Cat to death. This is the fifth Fishing Cat in four months that was brutally killed in this area.

30 April

Murthy Kantimahanti received the "Pakruti Mitra" Award from the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). INTACH member Jayshree Hatangadi nominated him for this 'Nature's Guardian Award' that recognizes people's achievements in wildlife conservation and environment protection.

Pakruti Mitra

The award ceremony took place in Murthy's hometown Visakhapatnam. CONGRATULATIONS, Murthy!!

31 March

The Daily Star published Eyes in the shadows by Sayam Chowdhury.

30 March

Poo Lin Stefano Wong wrote:

Thanks to Namfon (Passanan Cutter) for organising a very interesting trip into the wetlands of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. The local school teacher Mr. Rud and his colleagues were fantastic and very knowledgeable guides who took me into some parts of the Fishing Cat habitat.

We saw a great deal of typical swamp and mangrove birds such as kingfishers, Javan and Chinese pond herons, little and great white egrets, Asian openbill storks, stilts as well as swallows and the ubiquitous mynahs. One exciting highlight was the sighting of six Garganey ducks, which are migratory, but have apparently been absent from the area for the past 20 years.

I learned that Fishing Cats are mostly nocturnal and don't like to encounter people. This visit gave me a first-hand look in situ as it were, and made me realise the enormous problems facing the ever menaced Fishing Cats, and their precarious survival. Lucrative shrimp and fish farms have encroached increasingly into Fishing Cat habitat and are progressively destroying it, thereby endangering the Fishing Cats.

Mr. Rud showed me some pictures and videos of Fishing Cats, caught at night by strategically placed camera-traps, and I must say, they are very beautiful.

It cannot be stressed enough how threatened these Fishing Cats are, and any efforts to support their protection and rehabilitation of their habitat can only be lauded.

Thank you, Poo Lin, for sharing your photographs taken in the Fishing Cat land of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park:

Khao Sam Roi Yot

Khao Sam Roi Yot

Khao Sam Roi Yot

14 March

Anya Ratnayaka has been selected for a Handsel Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation through the Wildlife Conservation Network Scholarship Program. CONGRATULATIONS, Anya!!

4 March

The Deccan Chronicle published: Wild cats face extinction threat

3 March

Children for Fishing Cat

Today, Giridhar Malla started an initiative for creating awareness on the Fishing Cat among children of fishing communities in 15 villages surrounding the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, India.

All painted Fishing Cats, and now the classroom is decorated with their colourful drawings.

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classroom

9 February

The Times of India published: Supreme Court directs Centre to preserve over 2 lakh wetlands.