Cat: Fishing cat
The IUCN classify this cat as “endangered”. The reason primarily is us, as over 50% of the wetlands in this region have disappeared or are under threat (drainage, pollution, settlement etc.).
Fish, snakes, crustaceans, goats, small dogs and happy to scavenge on carcasses of other bigger animals.
Wetlands throughout south and southeast Asia but discontinuously (here and there)!
A solitary nocturnal predator! Territory is marked by urine spraying and rubbing their cheeks, chin or head to leave scent “posts”!
A life span of 10 – 15 years, breeding once a year usually in late Spring (Northern hemisphere) one to four kittens can be born after a gestation of 63 days. Suckling continues into the six month when the weaning begins.
Quite happy to dive for fish or scoop them out of the water with their paws they can swim well under water and over large distances!
When swimming they can use their short flattened tail like a rudder (controlling direction).
At The Zoo
Our pair are part of the European breeding program. They have never bred and only just tolerate each other’s company. At the moment they are not required to breed for the captive population.