Conservation of Rusty-spotted cat

Conservation of Rusty-spotted cat

Project Animal(s) : Rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus)
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Conservation
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Project is timebound? : No

The rusty-spotted cat population occurring in India is included into the Appendix I of CITES, the population of Sri Lanka and Nepal into Appendix II of CITES. It is fully protected over most of its range. Hunting and trade are prohibited in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. However, domestic trade in Sri Lanka is uncontrolled.

The rusty-spotted cat occurs in the protected areas of Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, and, among others, Sariska and Ranthambore Tiger Reserves, the Gir Forest National Park, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, in India and the Bardia National Park, Nepal.

Future studies should focus on its status, threats, distribution and ecology. In this regard it would also be important to look at its ability to adapt to agricultural landscapes.

Project Agency : Cat Specialist Group

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