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Similar in size to a housecat, the Pallas’s cat is a predator specialized to live in the mountainous regions of central Asia. Its preferred prey is the pika, a small rabbit-like rodent. While not an adept runner, the Pallas’s cat is an expert ambush predator.

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Its pale grey coat affords the Pallas's cat cover, blending in with the surrounding rocks.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Octocolobus manul

Mountain regions, including grassland, woodland, and semi-desert

1.5 to 2 ft

8 years

Zoo Location:
Night Hunters

Pikas, hares, and small rodents such as gerbils, voles, and young marmots

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)