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OUR WORK

The conservation of fishing cats and urban wetland habitats in Colombo, Sri Lanka through awareness, education and research.

THE FISHING CAT

Prionailurus viverrinus
The terrestrial apex predator of Colombo, the fishing cat is a master angler and a wetland specialist. It’s categorized as Endangered in Sri Lanka, and is one of country’s four species of wild cat.

COLOMBO’S URBAN WETLANDS

15% of Metropolitan Colombo is covered in wetland habitat

SPECIES DIVERSITY

Home to 252 floral species (9 Endemic, 9 nationally Threatened and 11 nationally Near Threatened) and 277 faunal species (32 Endemic, 18 Threatened, 18 Near Threatened and 5 Data Deficient).

FLOOD CONTROL

Prevents the city from flooding by temporarily storing and slowly releasing stormwater.

IMPROVED WATER QUALITY

Silt-rich soil and abundant vegetation functions as a water filter, absorbing harmful toxins, agricultural pesticides and industrial waste from water.

Information extracted from the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project’s Wetland Management Strategy – Technical Report 02

OUR TEAM

Led by Wildlife Biologist Anya Ratnayaka, our team is made up of passionate and adventurous individuals who are dedicated towards the conservation of Colombo’s urban fishing cat population and the wetlands that they call home.

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Help us protect this globally vulnerable and nationally endangered fishing cat, by supporting our conservation and research efforts, by giving a small gift today.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: SCOTT KAYSER, EMMANUEL KELLER AND SEBASTIAN KENNERKNECHT

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