|Date||27 Sep 2011|
Pallas’s cat (Otocolobus manul) is a widespread but threatened wild cat species with a mosaic distribution in Kazakhstan. Interviews conducted in order to clarify the status of Pallas’s cat conservation showed the need for thorough research on species to better understand situation. The project is to be focused on obtaining more precise data on species number and distribution within both areas of high conservation value and those modified by human activity. The principal methods to be used are snow-tracking censuses in some characteristic areas and interviewing.
Project proposed outcomes:
Urgent measures to protect Pallas’s cat in these areas will be suggested:
A more accurate assessment of the conservation status of Pallas’s cat will allow for the formulation of specific conservation measures to protect the species. The updated database and GIS will clearly show the weak and strong sides of Pallas’s cat ecology. Based on available data, a network of survey plots and routes will be designed for the on-going monitoring of the species conservation status. This network will be useful for future studies on Pallas’s cat population numbers. The most important habitats, those critical for the species’ protection, will be proposed to become new protected areas.
The project, therefore, will provide necessary prerequisites for the conservation of Pallas’s cat in Kazakhstan. The project intends to involve local people and conservation organizations.
Read about Anna's previous work with the Pallas Cat http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/projects/anna_barashkova or for more information contact: