Thursday, October 06, 2016

Pallas's cats to get their own 'palace' in Siberia

Picture: Sailyugemsky Nature Park
The Pallas's cat (aka manul) is a small wild cat that is native to remote regions of southern Siberia, as well as Central Asia and China. It is threatened by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002.
Now the reclusive felines are getting their own first-in-the-world scientific zone where they will be protected and studied.The 32 square kilometre site at Sailyugemsky Nature Park in Altai Mountains is seen as a key step in protecting the solitary animals. A recent international conference in Novosibirsk on the Pallas's cat agreed on measures to protect the rare species, and the park's enhanced role in monitoring and observing.

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