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Fishing cat centre stage in Nepal

A fishing cat – prionailurus viverrinus – in 2009.
A fishing cat – prionailurus viverrinus – in 2009. Attis

Fishing cat centre stage in Nepal

Following news in September that the endangered fishing cat had been spotted in Cambodia for the first time in more than a decade, local conservationists travelled to Nepal last week where they joined representatives from countries like Nepal and India, which are also home to fishing cats, as well as NGOs from as far afield as the US and Germany in agreeing on the “first-ever conservation strategy” for the species.

Among plans laid out in the meeting was the development of “comprehensive habitat and distribution maps” and manuals to be distributed to policy-makers and researchers.

Spreading greater awareness about the species among local communities was another major focus.

"In Cambodia, fishing cats are poorly studied. Our recent discovery of a fishing cat population in mangroves is spectacular," said Ret Thaung of the Royal University of Phnom Penh’s Centre for Biodiversity Conservation.

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