Fishing Cats

Human Impact

Fishing cats are endangered due to habitat loss from human destruction of wetlands for farms and roads in its native Southeast Asia. It is believed that about 50% of the wetlands that fishing cats inhabit is under threat. Some fishing cats are also hunted for food and fur, and fishing cat skin is sold on the black market. Pollution from factories has tainted the water and fish these cats hunt. Therefore, fishing cats have been put on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Animals, with about less than 10,000 in the wild. However, some fishing cats have been spotted in suburban areas, meaning that these cats are able to adapt to habitats with people in order to survive. There is one fishing cat in the North Carolina that can be found at the Greensboro Science Center.

Fishing Cat in Singapore

photo source: A-Z Animals

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