IUCN Red List: Near Threatened
Pallas's Cat is distributed in Central Asia. It occurs in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, and is possibly already extinct in Armenia. The species range is large but heavily fragmented, and population densities are very low. The numbers decrease. The major threats include habitat degradation and fragmentation, as well as decrease of its prey populations (pikas and rodents have been targeted as pests by poisoning campaigns).
■ Included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species since 1994, listed as Near Threatened since 2002.
■ Within EAZA, a Pallas's Cat EEP (Endangered Species Programme) was established in 1997, it is coordinated by Edinburgh Zoo.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Mammalia – mammals
■ Order Carnivora – carnivores
■ Family Felidae – cats
■ Species Felis manul – Pallas's Cat
Most authors place the species in a monotypic genus Otocolobus (as Otocolobus manul).