The Pallas’s cat, Otocolobus manul, is a small-sized felid that live in the high mountains of Central Asia where they are believed to be associated with dry and rocky environments. It has a wide but fragmented distribution and is rarely sighted in the wild. Pallas’s cat are one of the least studied cats in the world and it is well documented, that the gaps in knowledge of the species restrict our ability to establish targeted conservation plans.
In order to improve our understanding of the species and at the same time enhance the global conservation efforts the Pallas’s cat International Conservation Alliance (PICA) was established. PICA was formed in 2016 through a collaboration between Nordens Ark, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, and the Snow Leopard Trust with funding and support provided by Fondation Segre. This ambitious projects works together with range country field researchers, the Pallas’s cat working group (PCWG), conservation organisations, zoological collections and conservation specialists to undertake its key objectives
A major challenge for small cat conservation is establishing effective conservation strategies for species we know little about. Although field studies with Pallas’s cats have increased over recent years we are still in a position where we know very little about the species’ ecology, behaviour and in some areas even its true distribution. PICA has, for this reason, created four key areas of focus so that targeted action can take place over multiple fronts.
We want to improve the knowledge of the distribution and improve monitoring techniques for the species. Increase knowledge on basic ecology of the Pallas’s cat in order to create targeted conservation plans. Raise awareness and conservation capacity for Pallas’s cats and their prey both locally and globally through communication and awareness initiatives. And finally to design strategies for a global conservation plan of the Pallas’s cat.
In collaboration with
Fondation Segré, Snow Leopard Trust och Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.