Fishing cat

INTRODUCTION

Fishing cats as the name suggests will spend hours fishing in shallow, slow moving water. However they will catch prey as large as spotted deer and have been known to take livestock due to humans encroaching on their natural habitat. Pong, our female fishing cat is very shy. The best chance to see her is staying quiet and patiently watching the bushes and grasses for movement. The enclosures are gardened to best suit the cats shy lifestyle. We have successfully bred this species as part of the European Endangered Species Programme or EEP.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Prionailurus viverrinus

Status:

Vulnerable

Size:

57 to 87 cm

Weight:

5 to 9 Kg

Life Span in Wild:

12 years

Habitat:

Swamps, marshy areas, forests

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Fish, small mammals, birds, insects.

Where Do I Live?

Sumatra, Java to southern China, India.

Do I Have Any Predators?

Humans

Why Am I Endangered?

The major threats to the Fishing cat are habitat loss in the wetlands, pollution of water sources effecting prey numbers and being poached for food and medicine.

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