Felis manul

Pallas's cat

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Mammals (Mammalia)
Order Carnivores (Carnivora)
Family Cats (Felidae)
Genus Cats (Felis)
Species Authority Pallas, 1776
Summary Status: rare (Category III), habitat area and numbers are decreasing. It inhabits the Mangyshlak Peninsula, the Ustyurt Plateau, an area along the Emba river, the Kyzyl Kum Desert, the mountains of Kara-tau, Tian Shan, Chu-Ili, Dzhungar Alatau, Tarbagatay, Saur, Kalbin and Southern Altai, as well as the southern part of the Kazak uplands. Pallass cat lives in deser-ted low mountains, alpine spurs and step-pes. Basic limiting factors are poaching and the reduction of forage. Captive breeding of this species has been successfully implemented. To protect this animal, reserves should be created in the Kazak uplands and in the Dzhungar Alatau mountains.

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