Of the 41 cat species 34 are considered “small cats” many of which are threatened and lacking in knowledge and conservation action – the Pallas’s cat is no exception. In order to improve our understanding of the species and at the same time enhance the global conservation efforts the Pallas’s cat International Conservation Alliance (PICA) was established.
Improve knowledge of distribution and improve monitoring techniques for the species
Increase knowledge on basic ecology of the Pallas’s cat in order to create targeted conservation plans
Raise awareness and conservation capacity for Pallas’s cats and their prey both locally and globally through communication and awareness initiatives
Design strategies for a global conservation plan of the Pallas’s cat
A major challenge for small cat conservation is establishing effective conservation strategies for species we know little about. Although field studies with Pallas’s cats have increased over recent years we are still in a position where we know very little about the species’ ecology, behaviour and in some areas even its true distribution. PICA has, for this reason, created four key areas of focus so that targeted action can take place over multiple fronts.