We are excited to announce our new interview series called KEYS, where we will be taking you into the field to meet the Key Conservation Pilot Projects! Our Pilot Projects are conservation organizations from all over the world who have joined us to help test the app in the field while it is in development. Each Pilot Project has an important role in giving their feedback on what they like about the app and what changes would help us make the app better. Their feedback helps us to make sure everything is working properly before we move onto the next stage of development. Over the next few months, we will share the important work these conservation organizations are doing and how they are vital to Key's development through these exclusive interviews so be sure to stay tuned!
Fishing Cat Conservancy
Where are you based?
We work in the Krishna and Godavari River Deltas in India, and with the Gal Oya Lodge in Sri Lanka.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR organization AND THE WORK THAT YOU DO.
The Fishing Cat Conservancy is dedicated to protecting fishing cats and their globally important mangrove habitat in South and Southeast Asia through community-based research and conservation actions. We work to promote the long-term survival of fishing cats in the wild through public education, capacity building, and community based research and conservation. Our projects are centered around education and capacity building to enhance citizen involvement and stewardship in wildlife conservation. We function with an open-access, science-based conservation philosophy, and share knowledge with everyone dependent on, invested in, and interested in wildlife conservation.A majority of our work's focus is on areas outside protected areas where conflicts and the potential for conservation are higher than inside already established protected areas.
WHAT SPECIES DO YOU WORK WITH AND WHAT HABITATS DO YOU WORK IN?
We work with fishing cats. Fishing cats are native to wetlands, rivers, and mangrove forests in South and Southeast Asia. They prey primarily on fish and crustaceans. Like many other rare species, not much is known about fishing cats in the wild.
They are threatened by habitat destruction, poaching, and a lack of awareness throughout much of their range. Mangroves, which are prime habitat for fishing cats, provide local people with nurseries for fish and protect entire communities from storm surges. However, many mangroves where fishing cats live are quickly being lost to deforestation and aquaculture. We are educating and empowering local communities to study, protect and restore habitat for this vulnerable cat and its globally important mangrove habitat in their backyards.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES THAT YOU FACE AS AN ORGANIZATION?
Our biggest challenge we face is having enough funding for our conservation programs and actions.
WHEN YOU encounter HARD DAYS WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO KEEP GOING?
Our goal is to help protect 1,000 cats, restore 100,000 acres of mangroves, and educate/involve 1,000,000 people in conservation.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE STORIES FROM THE FIELD?
One of our favorite stories from the field is that of Moshi. Moshi was a tribal poacher who turned into a conservationist and has been employed with the Fishing Cat Conservancy now for over 3.5 years!
Watch the video above to learn more about Moshi's story.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE A KEY CONSERVATION PILOT PROJECT?
We are interested in how we can use the app to market the conservation work that we do to a new audience and we were also personally invited to join as a Pilot Project by the Key Conservation team.
WHAT KEY APP FEATURE ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO USING?
We are looking forward to using the app to have a direct connection to our supporters to update them about our conservation work directly from the field.
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FISHING CAT CONSERVANCY