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Manul (Pallas’s Cat)

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Living in the steppes of central Asia, the manul is about the size of a domestic cat, with long dense fur and a flat face.  Its survival is threatened by loss of habitat and the poisoning of its primary food source, pika.  It is also hunted for its fur, particularly in Mongolia, and gets caught in traps set for foxes and hares.

About 50 manul exist in zoos, but survival rates from breeding are low in captivity.