Rusty Spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus)
Conservation of Rusty-spotted Cats in the North Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh
The Rusty-spotted cat is included under Schedule-I of Indian Wildlife Act,1972 and also categorized as "Near Threatened" in the IUCN Red List. It shares the Eastern Ghats landscape with several other endangered and threatened mammals such as the tiger Asiatic wild dog Indian Pangolin and Asiatic Elephant Other mammals like the fishing cat sloth bears which are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN also inhabit the region.
The project aims to understand the natural population distribution of rusty-spotted cats in the Eastern Ghats region and assess various sources of threats to the survival of the species in the proposed project site.