Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul), also called Manul, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. The species is negatively impacted by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002. Pallas’s cat was named after the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776 under the binomial Felis manul.
Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) by Jar0d, wikipedia: Also known as the manul, this small wild cat, about the size of the domestic cat, is native to the steppe regions of Central Asia where it lives at elevations up to 5.050m in the Tibetan Plateau. #Cat #Manul