Rocky steppes and deserts

as well as middle and high mountains in Central Asia are the natural habitat of the Manule.

There the wild cats feed on small mammals and birds, but insects can also be on their menu.

Manule are on the red list

classified as "potentially at risk".

However, the animals are struggling with habitat loss. They are also prey to other predators and are hunted by humans.

The project team is in the process of gaining an overview of the current population.

To protect an animal species

you have to understand their way of life first.

PICA (Pallas’s Cat International Conservation Alliance) conducts field research around the Manule - which are also called Pallas cats. The shy animals are observed with the help of wildlife cameras.


The educational and educational work is an important part of the conservation work for the Manule.

The project team visits the surrounding villages and explains the life of the Manule and the threat to animals from humans.

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