International Collaboration to Save the Pallas’s cat

Press release, Nordens Ark, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Snow  Leopard Trust The Pallas’s cat is a small cat species that lives in the mountains and grasslands of Central Asia, from Iran to China and Mongolia. It's one of the least studied cats in the world and is currently listed as Near Threatened with a decreasing population by the IUCN red list of endangered species. A large international collaboration has now been initiated in order to make progress with the conservation of the species.

The Pallas' cat has been dubbed 'Small Ghost of the Mountain' , in reference to its larger cousin, the snow leopard.
The Pallas’ cat has been dubbed ‘Small Ghost of the Mountain’ , in reference to its larger cousin, the snow leopard.

An important part of the initiative is to increase the knowledge of the species in the wild.

“Pallas’s cats are quite mysterious animals”, says Emma Nygren, a biologist at Swedish Zoo Nordens Ark who coordinates the project. “We need to increase the knowledge of the species in order to create a plan to save them.

For this reason Nordens Ark, Snow Leopard Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) have formed the Pallas Cat International Conservation Alliance, PICA, with the purpose to increase our knowledge about the cat’s ecology and the threats its facing in the wild.

The mysterious feline pops up on research cameras in places as far apart as China's Qinghai provice...
The mysterious feline pops up on research cameras in places as far apart as China’s Qinghai provice…

Through cooperation with scientists, rangers, field workers and various experts across range countries, this alliance will gather information in order to create effective conservation plans. The project has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Fondation Segré, based in Switzerland.

... and Mongolia's Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park
… and Mongolia’s Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

Nordens Ark and Snow Leopard Trust have been collaborating for several years on the long-term ecological study on snow leopards in the Tost Mountains in Mongolia. The new Pallas’ cat project is an expansion of this collaboration and will also include the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

“By using Snow Leopard Trust network and logistics support in Central Asia and Royal Zoological Society of Scotland expertise on Pallas cats we will maximize our efforts in a way that will benefit the conservation of both snow leopards and Pallas cats”, says Emma Nygren.

8 Comments

  1. What a neat cat! I have never heard of them before, and it makes me very happy that they are
    being included in SLT’s effort to save them and inform people about them. Thank you very much!

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