PALLAS'S CAT ECOLOGY

BREEDING AND NON BREEDING HABITAT OCCUPANCY AND MOVEMENT OF PALLAS’ CAT

The Pallas’s cat is listed as 'Near Threatened' on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is thought to be at risk from habitat fragmentation, a declining prey base, and consumptive hunting. Current status of Pallas’s cat highlights its need for protection. Its ecology remains poorly understood, impairing the development of conservation strategies. Most records of their occupancy and distribution are in mountainous areas, steppes and rocky outcrops, suggesting that these are their preferred habitats. Approximately 12% of the species' range in Mongolia occurs within protected areas. But the steppe zone in which most of their distribution is, is out of protection of the species.

With the support of the Rufford Grant for Nature Conservation, which is a UK charity established specifically for the development of Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation (RSGs), we started to a habitat occupancy survey in the region in 2018. The project evaluates habitat requirement, sheltering sites of Pallas's cat in breeding or none breeding season.

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