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The Binghamton Zoo Introduces Two Fishing Cats

If you plan on visiting the Binghamton Zoo soon, you can plan on seeing some new feline faces.

Two fishing cats, a male named Hunter, and female named Malikai, are now at the zoo.

These cats are native to southern Asia. They mostly eat fish, but also snack on frogs, snakes, birds, and small mammals.

Officials say they'll be quite active this upcoming season.

The zoo plans to have them breed as part of a Species Survival Plan. The fishing cat is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.

"It's the only breeding pair of cats that we have at the zoo," said Nancy Kitchen, general curator at the Binghamton Zoo, "So we're really excited for the possibility of kittens, and to help the population grow."

Kitchen said this is the first time Hunter, who is from Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian National Zoological Park, will be on public exhibit.

Malikai was born at the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound in California.

You can see the fishing cats at the zoo starting this Saturday, March 19.