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Fishing cats are small cats native to south and southeast Asia. Their short, stout legs are built for swimming rather than running or climbing. Watch a video of fishing cats fishing.

Zoo scientists are studying their reproductive biology and zoo management in a cooperative program with some zoos in Thailand.

In another project, Zoo scientists are studying their ecology in suburban habitats in Sri Lanka.

At the Zoo:

You can find two fishing cats on Asia Trail.