Presentation by Jim Sanderson to members of the AZA Felid Taxonomy Advisory Group, May 2011
The critical issues of our time are:
land use changes
fresh water shortages
The root cause is growth of the human population and the resources needed to supply 6.8 billion humans.
The Fishing Cat is threatened by retribution killing, loss of habitat, lack of awareness.
How can I help reduce these threats?
What is causing habitat loss?
construction of settlements
Humans convert native habitat for human uses.
What are the causes of Fishing Cat habitat loss?
Let's find out: Fishing Cats in Thailand
What do the facts suggest?
After six years the ponds are so badly polluted nothing can live in them.
Newly excavated ponds result in more habitat loss.
Habitat is not restored.
How can we help the Fishing Cat?
Increase awareness locally and globally
Stop eating Thai shrimps
Restore wasted shrimp ponds to mangrove swamps ― $1000 per acre to buy and replant
Cancerous spread of oil palm plantations
Native tropical forests are being destroyed
You can stop the spread of oil palm plantations!
Read the label:
If the product contains palm oil don't buy it !