Pallas’ Cat International Conservation Alliance

Formed in 2016, the Pallas’ Cat International Conservation Alliance (PICA) brings together field researchers, conservation organizations, zoological institutions and conservation specialists to improve our understanding of the species and enhance global conservation efforts. They aim to enhance monitoring techniques and gather data on the distribution of Pallas’ cats in the wild, increase knowledge on the species’ basic ecology, create a targeted conservation plan, and raise awareness.

Studying Pallas’ cats in Kazakhstan

Placing a camera trap
Placing a camera trap

The Zoo supports the project “Pallas’ Cat conservation status in the Zaissan Lake area – Covering Blanks”  in Kazakhstan. The project aims to obtain new data on the Pallas’ cat’s presence through camera trap observation along with helping locals increase commitment to small cat conservation. This project has also focused on accumulating data on the Pallas’ cat into one location to increase ease of access for continued Pallas’ cat research.

Pallas' cat caught on camera (Barashkova, A. Pallas’ cat (Otocolobus manul). -Small Wild Cats of Eurasia (Web-GIS “Faunistics”). 2014. URL: http://wildcats.wildlifemonitoring.ru/#object/o_id=18059. Date: 02.01.2017.)
Pallas’ cat caught on camera (Barashkova, A. Pallas’ cat (Otocolobus manul). -Small Wild Cats of Eurasia (Web-GIS “Faunistics”). 2014. URL: http://wildcats.wildlifemonitoring.ru/#object/o_id=18059. Date: 02.01.2017.)

For future study, the research team hopes to focus their attention on smaller areas and determine a better estimate of species density. They also hope to increase involvement of local researchers as key investigators. The work they do can help inform conservationists on how to approach plans to support the Pallas’ cat.