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Pallas' Cat Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Felis manul
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Carnivora
  • Range

    Pallas' cats can be found throughout Central Asia.

  • Habitat

    This compact predator inhabits small caves, rock crevices and burrows.

  • Niche

    Pallas cats primarily hunt pikas (small mammals) in addition to other rodents and small birds.

  • Life History

    Up to eight kittens are born in the spring after a 70-day gestation. Pallas' cats reach sexual maturity at one year.

  • Special Adaptations

    • Pallas' cats are legally protected from hunters who prize their dense fur, but the species' harsh habitat shields them from most human intrusion.
    • Despite their small size, Pallas' cats are well known for their aggressive demeanors, which resemble those of much larger cats. As kittens, they will growl before they can open their eyes.
    • Compact bodies make Pallas' cats poor runners. Rather than speed away from trouble, they seek refuge near boulders or in small crevasses when chased.

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