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Pallas Cat

Otocolobus manul

The Pallas cat, also known as the manul, is part of the ‘small cat’ family. It is named after the zoologist Peter Simon Pallas, the first scientist to describe the species back in 1776.

measurements

Measurements

Size: Head-Body Length – 50 - 65cm, Tail length – 21 - 31cm
Weight: 3 - 4.5kg

habitat

Habitat

Pallas cats inhabit a large area of central Asia. They are well adapted to cold and arid environments, as they live on rocky steppes at high altitudes of over 4,000 feet.

diet

Diet

Pallas cats are carnivores, feeding mainly on rodents, birds and insects. As well as chasing, they will also wait outside dens to ambush their prey.

behaviour

Breeding

After a pregnancy of around 10 weeks, a litter of 2 to 8 kittens are born. At around 2 months old, the young moult their juvenile coats and grow long adult fur.

threat

Conservation

Pallas cats are threatened in the wild by a decline in prey numbers due to poisoning and hunting. Pallas cats are also hunted for their fur coats. Our Pallas cat are part of a European Breeding Programme and bred for the first time in 2012.

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