University of Hairpur
2019 – 2022
Improve understanding of Pallas’s cat ecology and threats within Pakistan to support targeted conservation action and improve local knowledge and appreciation of the species
In Pakistan, data on Pallas cat current distribution range, population status and habitat characteristics is very limited. The project aims to improve the understanding of the threats and ecology of the Pallas’s cat in the Parachinar Valley in north-western Pakistan. There is a dire need to study the Pallas’s cat in Pakistan due to the uncertain status in the country and the limited knowledge about the species in the southern part of its range.
There is recent evidence of illegal trapping in the Parachinar Valley and, although the status and presence of the cat in the area is unknown, it is important to collect information at the southern part of its distribution from where there is very limited information. Camera trapping and a threat survey will be conducted, and a range of threat reduction measures will be initiated based on the result from the threat survey. The project will also deliver targeted education materials to increase knowledge about the species in the area.