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. PICA was formed in 2016 through a collaboration between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Nordens Ark Zoo of Sweden and the Snow Leopard Trust with funding and support provided by Fondation Segre. This ambitious projects works together with range country field researchers, the Pallas’s Cat Working Group (PCWG), conservation organisations, zoological collections and conservation specialists to undertake its key objectives.

Currently our main focus is to advance conservation action for the Pallas’s cat and to build capacity through implementation of the Pallas’s Cat Conservation Strategy and by supporting the global network of the Pallas’s Cat Working Group.

What is PICA

  • Partnership project between RZSS, Nordens Ark & Snow leopard trust
  • Funded by Fondation Segre
  • Connecting in-situ & ex-situ with support from other zoological collections





Meet the Team

Emma Nygren
PICA Project Manager Head of Conservation Programmes
David Barclay
PICA Coordinator Ex-situ Conservation Manager
Dr Helen Senn
Dr Helen Senn
Head of Conservation and Science Programmes
Gustaf Samelius
PICA coordinator Assistant Director of Science
Katarzyna Ruta
PICA coordinator Conservation Project Officer

Main Partners

Key partners

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IUCN Cat Specialist Group

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