Protection of species of special concern
Distribution of Pallas’ cat in Kazakhstan: still many uncertainties
Anna N. Barashkova (SibEcoCenter, Novosibirsk)
To identify the current range of Pallas’ cat habitat in Kazakhstan, the Siberian Environmental Center (Novosibirsk) and the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan interviewed regional experts, hunters and local communities during their joint expedition in the southern region of eastern Kazakhastan and the area north of Balkhash Lake. The information collected formed the basis of a database and GIS on Pallas’ cat encounters in Kazakhstan. A map of the most likely range of Pallas’ cat in the country is presented and a list of sites where it was encountered given.
To identify the exact boundaries of the current range of Pallas’ cat and to estimate its population number, additional surveys are required, particularly on foot. The importance of studying all species of small cat living in Kazakhstan, using non-removal techniques where possible, is emphasised.
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