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Last updated:
March 21, 2017

PROJECTS

Pallas's cat studies, preservation and breeding program - the program of EURAZA Current

INTERNATIONAL INTEGRATED SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

Within the project the researchers are planning:
- to develop the methods of Pallas's cat keeping and Pallas's cat breeding in captivity,
- to create a stable and genetically pure Pallas's cat population bred in captivity using the developed methods,
- to compile comprehensive data about the species biology both in nature and in captivity,
- to help preserve Pallas's cat in nature.

Main participants: - Moscow Zoo;
- some other zoos which keep Pallas's cat in captivity.

Other participants: - Pallas's cat study and conservation program of Siberian Environmental Center (Novosibirsk);
- the protozoan infections research laboratory of Gamaleya Research Institute;
- Daursky Biosphere State Nature Reserve.

Project's duration: The program has a timeline of a decade (2010-2020).

Financing

The program is supported by the EARAZA, the Moscow Zoo

About problem

The necessity for creating such a program was the fact that despite the many years of efforts, the zoos have failed to create a Pallas's cat population that would sustainably breed in captivity and remained genetically pure. The main problem with keeping Pallas's cats in captivity is the high stillbirth rate and high level of mortality among young kittens, especially within first 6 month of their lives. The reason for such high death rate for young animals presumably lies in their susceptibility to toxoplasmosis that they catch when they find themselves in captivity.

In nature Pallas's cat is a rare species and has a limited habitat. This is the reason why it's so important to preserve the cat and to make sure its population grows. The latter can be achieved also by forming new populations of the Pallas's cats bred in captivity.

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