We are home to two fishing cats: a female called Freya, who joined us back in September 2020 from Prague Zoo and a male called Ozil who came to Newquay from Drayton Manor in March 2022. Fishing Cats are known for being very shy and elusive creatures, so they might be a little challenging to spot on your visit!
Fishing cats are native to southeast Asia, northern India and Sri Lanka. They inhabit areas of wetland, including swamps and marshes, lakes, mangrove areas and creeks.
As their name suggests fishing cats prey primarily on fish, frogs and crustaceans.
The fishing cat is protected by national legislation over nearly all of its range, with exception of Bhutan, Vietnam and Malaysia. This legal protection is hard to enforce, therefore illegal poaching does take place. There is little habitat protection for the species, and as habitat destruction is the primary reason why numbers are declining in the wild, it is essential to breed this species in captivity and not allow them to become anymore endangered.