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Camera traps set in Eastern Kazakhstan to study Pallas’ cat distribution

Camera trap setting. Photo by Ilya SmelanskyIn June 2015 the SibEcoCenter Pallas’ cat team set new camera traps in the Eastern Kazakhstan – in the mountains around the Zaissan lake. Camera traps were checked in the Tarbagatai ridge after a year of work. Pallas’ cat wasn’t registered by traps in Tarbagatai. But this doesn’t mean it doesn’t live there. This cat species is quite scarce in the area and the possibility of its capture is quite low. Thus in previous research (2013-2014) it was captured only by 3 cameras from 27 (eastern part of the Central-Kazakhstan Upland and Balkhash lake area).

Lynx recorded in Tuiemoinak Mnts. Photo by SibEcoCenterAt the same time another cat species – Eurasian lynx – was registered in 3 survey plots from 5 in Tarbagatai ridge. It occured that it is quite common species in treeless areas of low hills of Eastern Kazakhstan. Other captured carnivors were red fox, badger, Altai weasel, beech marten, steppe polecat, stoat. There were also recorded argali and marmots.

The research team: Anna Barashkova, Ilya Smelansky, Andrey Tomilenko (SibEcoCenter, Novosibirsk, Russia), Vadim Zinchenko (Institute of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology, Novosibirsk, Russia), Svetlana Titova (Institute of Geography, Moscow, Russia).

Research team, Eastern Kazakhstan - 2015. Photo by SibEcoCenter

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