Context : The Chilika Development Authority (CDA) designated the fishing cat as ambassador of the Chilika Lake as an important step towards conservation of the vulnerable species.
- It is the only wild cat species in India that is a wetland specialist, and it’s found all around Chilika.
- They are mostly found in marshlands fringing the north and north-eastern sections of the lake.
- The fishing cat is a Schedule I species under the wildlife protection Act, 1972 and deserves conservation measures of the highest order in India, as with the tiger and elephant.
- The conservation of the species is a concern as the marshland and mangrove ecosystems, which are fishing cat habitat are on decline.
- IUCN status: Vulnerable