The adventurous CAT in WATER team is gearing up for their travel to see the fishing cats in Thailand. And, as they prepare, the fishing cat’s visibility in the international conservation world continues to grow. The latest news, as reported by Mongabay.com feature, highlights an urgent issue for the fishing cats. US food giant DOLE is cited with illegally growing bananas in the Somawathiya National Park in Sri Lanka, a known safe-haven for the fishing cat. See the satellite imagery >
A bit of background…..
“CAT in WATER” is a multimedia expedition to track and document the elusive fishing cat, of which only about 10,000 remain in the world. This cat has been little documented in the wild, despite living close to villages. Biologists recently discovered a new population in Thailand, but these cats are mysteriously vanishing.
This fall/winter, project leaders Joanna Nasar and Morgan Heim will set off on an in-depth reporting project to highlight the untold natural history, threats and unusual conservation potential of this endangered cat. Our goal is to collect the media assets for an interactive multimedia experience to share with you the life of the fishing cat, including videos, blogs, articles and podcasts.
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