Odisha starts project to conserve Bhitarkanika fishing cats

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News: Odisha Government has started a two-year conservation project for Fishing Cats in Bhitarkanika National Park.

Facts:

  • Fishing Cat: They are a medium-sized wildcat found in South and Southeast Asia.
  • Habitat: In India, fishing cats are mainly found in the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans, on the foothills of the Himalayas along the Ganga and Brahmaputra river valleys and in the Western Ghats.
  • Significance: In 2012, the West Bengal government officially declared the Fishing Cat as the State Animal.
  • IUCN Red List: Vulnerable. 
  • CITES: Appendix II
  • Indian Wildlife Protection Act,1972: Schedule I
  • Threat: Habitat Destruction, Hunting, Poaching among others.