About the size of a domestic cat, Pallas’s cat roams wild in the Steppes of Central Asia and at altitudes up to 16,000 feet in the Tibetan Plateau. Populations can be found in Mongolia (where they are aggressively hunted for their marketable pelts), Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, western China and parts of Siberia. The main species and the three known subspecies are considered Near Threatened!
Hunting, pelt sales and habitat loss account for most of the risk to this unusual and little-known beautiful furry cat.
A successful captive breeding program is ongoing in an association of some 19 participating zoos and associations