Fishing cats are rated as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Native to riverbanks from India through Southeast Asia, these cats are designed to live and thrive around rivers, streams, mangroves, swamps, and in marsh/wetland areas. Fishing cats are primarily nocturnal, meaning that they will hunt their primary food item, fish, at night.They don't have full claw sheaths (similar to the cheetah) so their claws are partially visible even when retracted. Although they have a substantial range in tropical Asia (over 1 million square kilometers), its actual area of occupancy is much smaller as it is strongly associated with wetlands. Water pollution and forest clearance for settlement threaten the species through much of its range. Deforestation rates in tropical Asia's wetlands are quite high, resulting in similar decline among the fishing cat populations.
Born: April 15 2008 Arrived at EFBC: May 2010 from Mountain Zoo Conservation & Breeding Facility
Fun Fact: Paired with male Chimlin, has had one litter. Mother of Otis.
Favorite Enrichment:Phonebooks, produce carboard boxes, goldfish