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Fishing Cats

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The fishing cat is arguably one of the most elusive as well as one of the most misunderstood wild cats in India.

Typically found in mangroves and marsh lands, the fishing cat is almost double the size of a regular house cat but is far smaller than other wild cats.

While its name is fishing cat, it actually eats not just fish but also snakes and other small mammals too.

Association for Social and Environmental Development is working towards a fishing cat conservation and habitat management project which will help monitor the species’ population, identify threats and adopt mitigation strategies.

The fishing cat is a wildlife species whose status is listed as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and needs immediate attention for its conservation.

There is extensive work being done by a number of organisations like The Fishing Cat Project, Association for Social and Environmental Development, Government and NGOs to help the species.

While a lot of these efforts are helping raise awareness and conserve habitat, there is a lot more that needs to be done.

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