Named after German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas,who originally described the cat as "Felis manul" way back in 1776, this furry feline is a wild cat that lives in the grasslands of Central Asia. They're on their way to becoming an endangered species, unless we do something about it.
The manul is hunted for its fur, though they are often shot by hunters who mistaken them for the more commonly hunted marmots. Some places in Mongolia and Russia use the manul's fats and organs as medicine.
Conserving the manul's habitat is incredibly important. Given that they prefer to live in such high altitudes, a manul in captivity has a weaker immune system. They're not prepared for the viruses that live in lower altitudes.
These guys are loners. Both males and females use their scent to mark their territory up to two or three miles. They spend the day hiding in their caves or burrows, only emerging in the late afternoon to hunt.