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Pallas

Pallas Cat
Pallas

Pallas CatScientific name: Felis manul or Otocolobus manul

The Pallas’s cat, also called manul, is a small wild cat with a broad but fragmented distribution in the grasslands and montane steppes of Central Asia. It is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002.

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Pallas Cats at the Prospect Park Zoo

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They may look like the fattest felines you've ever seen, but the Prospect Park Zoo's new pair of Pallas cats, Nicholas and Alexandra, aren't full on lasagna—they're built for the chilly climate of central Asia.