A Voice For The Wild Cats of the World
February 24, 2012Posted by on
I sometimes think of cats in pairs, where they inhabit the same territory and have similar adaptations. In my head, the snow leopard’s pairing is the pallas cat. They both inhabit the mountainous terrain in Central Asia, with big feet to maneuver over the rocks. Pallas cats are smaller–roughly the same weight as a house cat, but stockier, and more fluffier than most.
Last June, the Cincinnati Zoo had the first pallas kittens born via artificial insemination. The technique developed will increase the success of using frozen samples. This, in turn, will help ensure diversity within the species.