Pallas Cat – A Central Asian Mystery

The Pallas Cat, a small resident of Central Asia and surrounding areas, has become a favorite of mine in the wild felid kingdom.  Here is a rare video of a wild Pallas, from Russia

The following black and white pictures are from World Wildlife Fund, and are described below the pictures –

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Camera traps have captured the first-ever photographic evidence of the Pallas’s cat in Bhutan’s Wangchuck Centennial Park (WCP). Also known as manul, this cat is a primitive species, defined by a strikingly flat head with high-set eyes and low-set ears that enable it to peer over rocky ledges in search of prey. The images of this cat, classified as near threatened on the IUCN Red List, were discovered as part of a snow leopard survey conducted by WWF and the Department of Forests and Park Services.

Source –WWF-Pallas’s Cat Photographed for First Time in Bhutan

  • More information about Pallas Cat, by conservation biologist Dr Steve Ross , can be found HERE .
  • Conservation efforts  of the Royal Zoological Society are summarized HERE.
  • Recent discoveries of the breed in Nepal – where they were not thought to be resident – and an associated camera trap photo (shown below) are detailed HERE.


An apparent aspect of the breed seems to be its calm demeanor.  This is quite unlike our felids here in Africa, where facial expressions are commonly used by cats to display their moods.  Not so much with the Pallas Cat, it seems.  See these photos –



Photoshopped, perhaps.  Source - pallas-cat-shopped-8150

Photoshopped, perhaps. Source – pallas-cat-shopped-8150

As seen in the following video, even the kittens seem devoid of facial expressions –

The breed has a low head and low-set ears whereby members of this cat family are able to better peek over the top of promontories in order gaze at potential game, as seen in several of the pictures above and below –

Source - Source - Macdonald-Biology and Concervation of Wild Felids

Source – Source – Macdonald-Biology and Concervation of Wild Felids

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This fellow appears angry.  However, if you place your fingers over the eyebrow-marks, he is just about as expressionless as others shown on the blog.  Source – 
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Flat ears and flat head, to better peek over ledges. Source –

More information from The Pallas Cat Working Group can be found HERE.

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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5 Responses to Pallas Cat – A Central Asian Mystery

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  2. hramatheson says:

    I have only just discovered Pallas Cats – they are not prolific in Australia! (Even in zoos). I am totally smitten. thanks for this.


  3. ritaroberts says:

    Lovely post Diana ! Thank you. Love the Cats.

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