Friday, May 27, 2011

Fishing Cat

The Fishing Cat is a medium-sized cat which is found from eastern Pakistan through portions of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, throughout Bangladesh and Mainland Southeast Asia to Sumatra and Java. As per the available information from the wildlife conservation, the population size of this endangered species is declined to below 10,000 mature individual and it is listed as endangered by IUCN.

Scientific name of Fishing Cat

Prionailurus viverrinus

Features and Facts of Fishing Cat

  • Body Length(mm) -700-850

  • Weight (kg) - 6-13 average

  • Litter Size - 2-3 average

  • Life Span - 12 years

  • Status - Near Threatened

Conservation of Fishing Cat

The fishing cat is facing crisis due to the loss of its wetland habitat, pollution, hunting and trapping for its fur. Human settlements, draining for agriculture, wood-cutting, clearance of coastal mangroves, etc are the other contributing factors for its decline. International Union for the Conservation of Nature and its member countries, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations has taken active measures to protect the habitat of this species and to save them from extinction.

Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag

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