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Fishing Cat

We have partnered again with Charles Sturt University and the National Trust for Nature Conservation to undertake a proactive conservation effort to stop conflict with wildlife before it becomes a way of life.

This project builds on previous work on the endangered Fishing Cat at Koshi Tappu Reserve, funded principally by the Taronga Foundation, which undertook to foresee threats to the Fishing Cat population and potential conflict with fishing communities. As a result of this work the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal was alerted to the urgent need to reduce the damage done to Fishing Cat riparian and wetland habitats by large scale illegal grazing of domestic livestock within the reserve.  That major threat is now being tackled with an ongoing program of livestock removal by the department. The present project will address the other main threats through a combination of community participation. There is a lack of appreciation in the local communities of the endangered status of the cat, its legal protection and the international importance of the Koshi Tappu population. A strong community awareness program will stress these ideas, and the local community will be actively engaged by the formation of a community-based Fishing Cat support group, in liaison with Park’s officers. The previous study has shown sympathy with this idea and identified potential organisers. The project involves a substantial local capacity building component of Nepali staff and villagers. In collaboration with Park’s staff and the support group, a management plan will be produced specifying conservation actions that must be implemented to maintain the future of the conservation effort

Dr Iain Taylor has researched vertebrate ecology and conservation for 40 years. He specialises in species at the tops of food chains as they give the first indications of system dysfunction

National Trust for Nature Conservation For over two decades, the Trust has successfully undertaken projects on nature conservation, biodiversity as well as cultural heritage protection, ecotourism, and sustainable development. Our focus is holistic and integrated conservation and development program with active people’s participation aimed at promoting local guardianship have been the focus of all the Trust activities.

What Can You Do?

Avoid your own pet’s conflict with wildlife by keeping them inside or on a lead. A single cat can kill up to 100 animals in a year, so it's really important to keep your cat inside. This will also protect your fur-friend from being hit by a car, chased by a dog, diseases or poisoned.