|Family||Weasel family (Mustelidae)|
|Species Authority||Schreber, 1776|
|Summary||Status: endangered (Category I), it is a very rare species and the only representative of the genus in the world's fauna. It is distributed in the southern Mangistau Region in western Kazakstan. This animal inhabits gorges, caves and craters containing a variety of vegetation. It was first found in 1983 when about 15 individuals were observed. The total population in Kazakstan is estimated to be several dozen. The basic limiting factor is poaching. This animal is active at night, but in cold seasons it is also active during the day. It lives in small burrows and eats almost everything, including lizards, small birds, hedgehogs, rabbits, roots and fruits. Protective measures have not been implemented. The core habitat areas are located close to the Ustyurt Reserve. Hence it is necessary to add them to the territory of this reserve. In addition, systematic research on this animals ecology, distribution and population structure is required.|
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