Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fishing cat study launched in Thailand

Study to protect fishing cats

By The Nation
Published on February 1, 2010

After 23 rare fishing cats were discovered in Prachuap Khiri Khan, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry launched an indepth study to protect them.

"Thung Nong Pakchi" and the Sam Roi Yod Wetlands could be regarded as Thailand's habitat with the most fishing cats, which the International Union for the Conservation of Nature has just listed as a nearextinct species, Wildlife Conservation Office director Pornchai Pathumratanatan said yesterday.

After last month's survey identified 23 fishing cats inhabiting Sam Roi Yod district, 13 of them were microchipped, he said.

The threeyear research project would study the fishing cat population and related information for conservation.

In the past three months, only seven microchipped cats were still sending signals while three had died, he said.

Initial data showed that a male fishing cat occupied a territory of eight square kilometres and a female four square kilometres, so the 20squarekilometer Thung Nong Pakchi was crowded with some 20 cats living there.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/home/2010/02/01/national/Study-to-protect-fishing-cats-30121527.html

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