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Pallas's cat Kalmand, Yazd, Iran<br />
(Photographed in Captivity Moments before Released into Wild)<br />
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Pallas's cat

Kalmand, Yazd, Iran
(Photographed in Captivity Moments before Released into Wild)

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  1. A spectacular first photo of this species on the site! Wonderful! Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thanks :) its a very clever and rare cat in past 15 years i had previlage of seeing this cat for 3 times once in captivity and 2 in wild and only one photo in wild :) Posted 8 years ago, modified 8 years ago
  2. Fantastic! Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thanks. Posted 8 years ago
  3. Unusual to see a cat with circular eyes. Very good photo. Even to the extent that you can see some blood on the cat's chin and reflections in his eyes. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thanks Dear DragonC, actually its a easy shot :) as i said in description its a photo in captivity, this cat rescued from illegal hunters by the department of environment rengers and after spending some time in hospital :) released into wild and this photo is a few moments before that, and the blood is from his dinner :) Posted 8 years ago, modified 8 years ago
  4. A very nice photo. I too like that detail of the blood on the lower lip, and the feathers sticking out of the corner of its mouth. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted 8 years ago
  5. What a wonderful story. I too noticed the blood and feathers and figured it was his last meal before going off to catch his own. Ali, do you know if this cat will be tagged or tracked? is there any way of knowing if it continues to survive in the wild? Posted 8 years ago
    1. Before releasing this cat tagged and in short time tracked but its almost 2 years ago and the gps tracker automatically drop after a year but some useful info provided before that :) Posted 8 years ago
      1. Good to know, thank you Ali Posted 8 years ago
  6. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    High in the mountains of central Asia, lives the mysterious, fluffy feline known as the Pallas's cat (Felis manul). This solitary cat prowls around in rocky crevices at elevations as high as 15,00 feet. Surprisingly, they are only about the size of a housecat, even though they appear much larger due to their long, dense coat and stocky build. In fact, Pallas's cats have the longest, densest fur of any cat. These fluffballs are quite ferocious ambush predators despite their adorable, yet grumpy, appearance. Their prey of choice include pikas, voles, birds, insects, and hares. Unlike other cats, they have large eyes with round pupils, rather than vertical slits. Pallas's cats are slow and use their camouflaged fur to blend in with their environment. They live at very low densities with only about 10 cat per 100 square kilometers. They don't seem to like each other much, and only come together for a brief, seasonal breeding period. Their notorious aggressiveness is even seen in newborn kittens, who are known to growl at each other even before their eyes are open! Their average lifespan is just over two years due to their extreme environment and the high rate at which they are preyed upon. Mortality rates in kittens are as high as 68%, while adult mortality is an estimated 50%, with most deaths caused by domestic dogs.

    The Pallas's cat is classified as "near threatened" on the IUCN Red List. Historically, they were killed for their fur, but current laws now help protect the cats from hunters. However, they still face many dangers from poisoning, habitat loss, and climate change. The conservation of the Pallas's cat is a challenge because they have a specialized immune system, which precludes our ability to increase populations using captive breeding programs. Their immune system is specialized for high altitudes and can't handle the bacteria and viruses present at lower elevations. This means that the best hope for the conservation of the Pallas's cat is to keep their wild populations healthy. {Spotted in Iran by JungleDragon user, Ali Mohajeran} #JungleDragon
    Posted 3 years ago
  7. it is so beautiful! Posted 3 years ago

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Pallas's cat , also called the manul, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. The species is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as ''Near Threatened'' by IUCN since 2002.

Pallas’s cat was named after the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776 under the binomial ''Felis manul''.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by Ali Mohajeran
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Uploaded Apr 4, 2014. Captured in Yazd, 82، Iran.