PALLAS' CAT - Also known as a manul, the Pallas is a small, primitive wild cat found in Central Asia, ranging from Western Iran to Mongolia. A solitary animal, it hunts small rodents and birds. Because it's unable to run very fast, it stalks and ambushes its prey. The Pallus' status is now classified as 'Near Threatened' due to loss of habitat, some hunting, and declining food sources.
Three healthy Pallas’ Cat kittens (two males and one female) were born on June 8th, 2011 at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden following a laparoscopic oviductal artificial insemination (AI) procedure conducted by scientists from the Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). This pregnancy and birth are the first ever in Pallas’ Cats from artificial insemination.