Field Day 12: Climbing High for Thai Shrimp Farming. [PHOTOS]

Sometimes we can’t get everything we’re after while in the field. Take for instance, a dream to moto paraglide over fishing cat country to get an overall view of what’s going on here. You can see why I’d want to give it a go looking at Namfon Cutter’s kickass photo from a past flight. Thank you Namfon for sharing this incredible moment.

Shrimp farms mosaic every inch of land just about in the areas surrounding Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand.

Shrimp farms mosaic just about every inch of land in the areas surrounding Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand. Fishing cats, I don’t know where you’re supposed to fit. (PHOTO Courtesy/Namfon Cutter, Fishing Cat Research and Conservation Project)

Scheduling conflicts and even bigger weather conflicts, meant a flight was not in the cards for this trip.

(Note, I said this trip, in case there are any inspired funders out there who’d like to help a girl and some fishing cats out.)

So this morning as a close second at dawn, Ruj, my new friend Josh Lewis (http://nywolf.org) and I decided to climb Khao Daeng in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand. This hike takes you to a summit that overlooks the coastline on the other side of the mountains from our site. When Namfon began following fishing cats here, she focused on the area you’re looking at.

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Despite all the development, Namfon collared 17 fishing cats here, most of which disappeared, likely poached. Today we don’t know if any still roam this area.

The good news is, we’re still seeing lots of activity on the Sam Roi Yod side. The big dream would be to get a bunch of a money and just buy a big patch of land for the fishing cats. Let us know if you’re interested in helping out. Whatever happens, we have to act fast, as Namfon gives the cats in Sam Roi Yod about 15 years before the wetland becomes too developed.

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3 Responses to “Field Day 12: Climbing High for Thai Shrimp Farming. [PHOTOS]”
  1. mimi says:

    if you have never been able to follow a single cat you collared, are you certain that collaring them isn’t hurting them?

    • Nirmal says:

      Many have been successfully followed – some for almost 2 years – and there is no indication of any adverse effect from the collars. They are specially designed and very lightweight. Collaring cats and other wild species in this manner is standard practice.

    • catinwater says:

      Hi Mimi,

      Namfon has been able to follow many cats, more than 17. Right now, we are still following Khai Toon. The other two collars came off. I think it would be safe to say Namfon is the single most concerned person about fishing cats on the planet. The thing that hurts them is when people kill them.

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