Manul Working Group (MWG)
January 2019 – ongoing
To get new knowledge on manul distribution in the western part of Kyrgyzstan.
18 camera traps were installed on the Alai Range near the border with Uzbekistan, where previously (2018) upon careful viewing of the images we found a night shot of the head of the beast, a silhouette very similar to the manul. Unfortunately, the animal passed by the camera only once and very close to it so that it is impossible to distinguish the head details due to the flash.
It is assumed that the study with camera traps will help clarify the status of Pallas’ cat in this area and determine further research sites.
Anna Barashkova, Maria Gritsina, Kubanychbek Jumabai uulu, Valentin Soldatov, Timur Abduraupov, Yuriy Mun, Gayrat Safiullin