Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years of work within zoos.
February was chosen as the month to draw attention to the Vulnerable Fishing Cat Prionailurus viverrinus. Why February? Well in the same month we have World Wetland Day and the wetlands and Mangroves of South and South East Asia are the natural habitat of these attractive little Felids.
Wetlands the world over are decreasing through changes in land management and because of climate change. Then of course we have pollution.
In February check out the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Fishing Cat Species Survival Plan and @FishingCatSSP and the Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance @FishingCatConservationAlliance as both organizations will be devoting the month to drawing attention to the threats these wonderful little cats are facing.
Fishing Cat: The Cat That Hunts Underwater
Fishing Cats in Captivity
There is an International Studbook for the Fishing Cat.
I have seen a number of Fishing Cats in various Zoos. Not all in especially good exhibits. One place I recollect did not even provide a pool.
The best two exhibits I have seen were those in Drayton Manor Zoo and Singapore Night Safari.