The rarely-spotted cats, which are native to remote regions of southern Siberia and Central Asia, are due to get a 32-square-kilometre site at Sailyugemsky National Park in the Altai Mountains. According to a report in the Siberian Times, the area will facilitate ongoing scientific research, study and preservation of the species, which has suffered from habitat interruptions due to environmental issues over the past few years.
The new site will act as a protective space for the cats and was agreed upon following an international conference on the issue of protecting the rare species. The park will have a series of photo traps to monitor the animals, as well as a natural environment that will suit their living conditions.
Known for their peculiarly expressive faces, Pallas’s cats have small stocky bodies with extremely thick fur and large yellow eyes. The shy animals have become popular on the internet in recent years due to their cute appearance and mysterious ways.