“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.

WILD supports and endorses CAT in WATER because of our commitment to communicating the values of wild nature and creating positive solutions.  CAT in Water also demonstrates Nature Needs Half, because these very threatened and timid fishing cats survive best in large undisturbed areas, and require natural corridors to increase their ability to cope with habitat and climate changes.

The team embarks on an in-depth reporting project to highlight the untold natural history, threats and unusual conservation potential of this endangered cat. The goal is to collect the media assets for an interactive multimedia experience to share with viewers the life of the fishing cat, including videos, blogs, articles and podcasts. This is a virtual, interactive expedition where the viewers can help decide what Morgan and Joanna will investigate. Stay up to date with their dispatches and send them your own on the Cat In Water website!

Only 10,000 fishing cats remain. Will you help find them before they’re gone?

The team consists of:

Joanna (Jo) Nasar is a multimedia producer, videographer and writer who specializes in environmental projects.  Born with an unquenchable curiosity, Nasar can showcase both the complexity and beauty of the world through her work.

She has a Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communications with a Graduate Certificate in Environment, Policy and Society from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which promotes quality, accuracy and visibility of environmental reporting.

Her work has appeared in local and national publications such as the Rocky Mountain News, American Cowboy and Backpacker. Nasar’s environmental reporting and documentation have taken her to natural gas rigs on the Roan Plateau and the peaks of 14,000 foot mountains.

Morgan (Mo) Heim is a Colorado-based multimedia journalist specializing in sharing the stories of science and environmental issues. An accredited zoologist turned science communicator, she splits her time working with non-profits, research institutes and magazines to help engage the public in wanting to understand our planet. Morgan subscribes to the belief that if you show people how amazing and interwoven the world is, they’ll care more about what happens to it.

In addition to being an Associate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, her work appears in such outlets as Smithsonian, High Country News, the Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, and the WILD Foundation. You can see more of her work at, The NatureFiles, Nature Needs Half and The Digital Naturalist.

* CAT in WATER is a Collaborative Conservation Project (CCP) of The WILD Foundation