Hello, Sangke! New fishing cat at Hellabrunn Zoo

The jungle world has a new resident: Sangke, the male fishing cat, has arrived to keep the female Luzi company.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

The newly arrived slim cat is still somewhat wary as his big green eyes survey his new home at Hellabrunn Zoo. What is here to discover? Where can I find a good night’s sleep? Where is the perfect place to hide? And above all, is there another fishing cat here? It will probably take a while before Luzi and Sangke get to know each other better, but if everything goes well, the two are expected to produce kittens. But first, Sangke, who was born at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in the UK and previously lived at the Lake District Wildlife Park before arriving at Hellabrunn on the recommendation of the coordinator of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), must settle in his new home.

The fishing cat originates from Southeast Asia. Unlike most cats, they like to go into the water to hunt for fish. At Hellabrunn Zoo, the fishing cats are given a water basin with fish twice a week, in which they can hunt.

Due to the extensive destruction of their environment, the total population of fishing cats around the world is currently estimated to be only about 10,000 individuals. They are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Visitors can see Sangke and Luzi from 9am to 5pm daily at Hellabrunn. The fishing cat enclosure is located in the Jungle World where the temperature in winter remains a pleasant 25° C.