Pallas's cat

Pallas’s Cat

Munich, Germany.

Eye contact with the beautiful Pallas’s Cat of Hellabrunn Zoo.. Despite its name, the species is not a domestic cat, but rather a potentially endangered small wild cat from Central Asia. Hellabrunn Zoo is home to two Pallas’s cats.

Relatively little is known about the Pallas’s cat, also called manul. They are native to the rocky steppes, deserts and low and high mountains of Central Asia. Their diet comprises primarily small mammals and birds, but also includes insects. Pallas’s cats are extremely shy animals, and mostly active at dusk and dawn.