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.

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




  • Pallas’s cat distribution and survey techniques
  • Basic ecology
  • Awareness and communication
  • Development of conservation action plan

Meet the Team

Emma Nygren
PICA Project Coordinator Conservation biologist

Nordens Ark
Åby säteri
456 93 Hunnebostrand, Sweden



David Barclay
ISB Keeper & EEP Coordinator Pallas’s cat

Cat Conservation Project Officer
Studbook Keeper for Scottish wildcat

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland,
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park,
Kincraig – Inverness-shire
PH21 1NL

Dr Helen Senn
Head of Conservation and Science Programmes

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland,
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo,
EH12 6TS

Gustaf Samelius
Assistant Director of Science

Snow Leopard Trust
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 325
Seattle, WA 98103

Main Partners

Key partners

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IUCN Cat Specialist Group

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