The symposium on the wild cats of South Asia: Past and present

The Symposium was held between 1-3 November, at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka. The event was organized by the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka.

The main objective of this symposium was to highlight ongoing research on South Asia’s wild cats, while updating stakeholders and other interested parties about the current status of the relevant species. An important off-shoot of this symposium is to identify knowledge gaps that require attention and can be targeted for further/future study and increase collaboration between local and international universities and researchers.

Several noted international/national wild cat experts, such as Professors Lars Werdelin and David MacDonald, Dr. Jim Sanderson, Dr. Sriyani Miththapala, Ashan Thudugala, as well EFL’s Fishing Cat Researcher, Anya Ratnayaka, among others, attended the Symposium.

The Symposium touched on topics ranging from paleobiogeography, conservation, cat evolution, wild cat distribution and ecology and parasites of wild cats of Sri Lanka. Case studies were presented from across the globe, giving tremendous insight into wild cats and how conservation efforts may be enhanced.

For further details: download the full report by our fishing cat researcher here.

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