Two rescued wild animals, a Fishing Cat and a Python, were recently released in the D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh‘s East Siang district.
About D.Ering Wildlife Sanctuary:
- Location: It is a protected area located in the East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
- This sanctuary was established in the year 1977 and covers an area of around 190 square kilometers.
- It is named after the pioneer of modern Arunachal, late Daying Ering, who was a famed Indian politician.
- Vegetation: It is located in a unique ecosystem that comprises tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen, and deciduous forests.
- It is also home to the Siang River, which is one of the major rivers in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Streams and channels intersect the whole Sanctuary. There are small to medium waterbodies in the Sanctuary that provide good nesting sites for birds.
- About 80% of the Sanctuary is covered with grassland, and the rest is riverine forest patches with mixed bamboo and secondary forests.
- The main grass species are Saccharum spontaneum, S. arundinaceum, Neyraudia rennaudiana.
- It is home to buffalo, elephant, tiger, leopard cat, barking deer, civet cat, sambar, jackal etc.
- The migratory birds like cranes, wild ducks, storks, waterfowls from Siberia and Mongolia can be spotted every year.
Q1) What is a Fishing Cat?
The fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat species that is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is named for its unique hunting behavior, as fishing cats are known for their ability to catch fish and other aquatic prey.