Field Workshop – Small wild cats of Sri Lanka

Nature Beyond the Horizon successfully organised its very first field workshop on small wild cats of Sri Lanka on the 30th of April, 2017 at Biodiversity Study Park, Thalawathugoda. Small wild cat experts and conservationists Mr. Ashan Thudugala and Ms. Anya Ratnayaka, founders of Save Fishing Cat Conservation Project and Urban fishing cat project respectively and co-founders of Small Cat Advocacy and Research organisation conducted the field workshop which included camera trapping,cage trapping, collaring and tracking, pug mark identification and scat examination along with awareness of community based conservation that could help save Fishing cats from local extinction. The event was attended by members of the Young Zoologist Association and University of Kelaniya aswell. They were supported by field assistant Mr. Maduranga.

Participants of the Field workshop

After the boat ride

Boat ride to the fishing cat island

Boat ride to the fishing cat island

Boat ride to the fishing cat island

Participants from Young Zoologists Association

Participants from Young Zoologists Association

Returning from the fishing cat island

Returning from the fishing cat island

Returning from the fishing cat island

Start of the fishing cat awareness program by Ms. Anya

Very attentive audience

Love for cats has no boundaries

Question time

Very attentive audience

Pug mark differentiation between cats and dogs

Fishing cat pug marks

Fishing cat scat

Young zoologists association participants

Fishing cat scat sample observation

Fishing cat scat sample observation

Fishing cat scat sample observation

Camera trap

Fishing cat scat sample observation

Fishing cat cage trap

Rusty spotted cat tracking collar

Fishing cat tracking collar

End of awareness program

Camera trap explanation by Mr. Ashan Thudugala

Pug mark tracking field work

Pug mark tracking field work

Skink handling

Participants of the Young Zoologists Association at the top of the eagle tower

Participants of the Young Zoologists Association at the top of the eagle tower

Participants of the Young Zoologists Association at the top of the eagle tower

Warning! Crocodile infested waters

Heading back to starting point

Group 2 heading out for pug mark tracking

Mr. Maduranga explaining how the camera trap works and checking for any recent fishing cat photos

Camera trap function explanation

Setting up the camera trap

Setting up the camera trap

Baby Red wattled lapwing tracks

Spine-legged Redbolt

Spine-legged Redbolt

Green Skimmer

Asian grounding

Spine-legged Redbolt

Spine-legged Redbolt

Baby Red wattled lapwing tracks

Variegated Flutterer

Snake tracks

Yellow Waxtail

Sombre lieutenant

Pied Parasol

Variegated Flutterer

Pied Parasol

Colorful bee

common garden lizard

Taking a break

Fishing cat cage trap set to go

Baby water monitor

Merchandise distribution to Ashan and Anya by Dinesh, President of NatBeHo

Merchandise distribution to Mr. Ashan by our very own Ashan

Mr. Medhisa, Advisor and Patron of NatBeHo presenting a token of appreciation to Ms.Anya

Mr. Varuna, Secretary of NatBeHo presenting a token of appreciation to Mr.Ashan