What kind of cat is a manul cat? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat Cats introduced at the zoo


What kind of cat is a manul cat? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. The manul cat, which has a stocky body like a human, is distributed from central Asia to the Middle East, and is a cat that can be found in zoos. Unfortunately, they are now extinct in some areas and are in a critical situation.

What is a manul cat? About basic status

The manul cat is a carnivorous animal classified in the class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Felidae. The scientific name is Otocolobus manul. The body length is 50-65 cm and the weight is 3-5 kg. The name “Manul” is Mongolian. It means “small wild cat”. In English, it is also written as pallas cat. It has a stockier shape than a small domestic cat. This cat is often talked about in the news.

English(英名)Manul Cat
scientific name(学名)Otocolobus manul
classification(分類)Mammalia、Carnivora、 Felidae、Otocolobus

About classification

There are the following subspecies of manul cat:

Otocolobus manul manul 

This subspecies is found in Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China (Gansu Province), Pakistan, Mongolia, Central Asia, and southern Siberia.

Otocolobus manul nigripectus

A subspecies that lives in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and Kashmir.

About habitat

Its habitat ranges from the Middle East to Central Asia.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

Manul cats have a stocky build and are very sturdy. Their body hair is long and dense, giving them a plump body. The body is orange-gray, the ventral surface is whitish-gray, the limbs are ocher, and there is a brown horizontal stripe on the lower back. As the seasons change, the coat changes, and the winter coat is grayer than the summer coat. This cat can be found in rocky grasslands, steppes, and semi-deserts at altitudes of 400 to 5,000 meters.

What is your personality like?

Manul cats are very cautious and cautious cats. Therefore, they tend to run away or hide in the shadows as soon as they see someone.

What is the ecology like?

The manul cat’s prey consists of small pikas, rodents, rockfish, and other birds. Breeding occurs mostly in spring and autumn, and the gestation period is about two months. They can give birth to 2-6 puppies at a time. The lifespan is about 10 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

The manul’s natural enemies are birds of prey such as eagles, foxes, and wolves, which are preyed on by larger animals.

Is the manul cat an endangered species?

Manul cats are an endangered species. Manul cats were previously confirmed to inhabit Armenia and Azerbaijan, but they are now completely extinct. It is also rarely seen in Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Can manul cats be kept as pets?

Can manul cats be kept as pets? Unfortunately it’s difficult. The reason for this is that, as explained above, they are an endangered species, and also because they are wild to begin with, so they do not easily get attached to humans.


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