The Pallas’ Cat or Otocolobus manul is a wild cat which is native to the steppes of Asia. These cats are classified as threatened or endangered, and a number of zoos around the world have established breeding programs, exchanging the cats they breed to keep them diverse and healthy.

Pallas’ Cats are about the size of ordinary housecats, with very stocky, muscular bodies. They also have extremely long fur and short legs. Pallas’ Cats have distinctively flattened faces, and most notably, their pupils are round, rather than vertical. Their bodies are adapted for life at high altitude, with broad feet which allow them to walk on snow, and thick, luxurious coats to keep them warm.

Pallas’s Cat named Tula. Photograph captured at WHF, Kent.

Camera used: Canon EOS 40D
Lens used: Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM
Shooting Information:
Shot in- RAW
Exposure – Manual
Shutter Speed – 1/125
Aperture Value – F5.6
Metering – Spot
ISO – 640
Focal Length – 100mm

Software Used:
Canon Digital Photo Professional
Adobe Photoshop


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  • Robert  Welsh
    Robert Welshover 3 years ago

    Great photo, doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen in our neighborhood (thank goodness).

  • LOL, thanks Robert.

    – Mark Hughes

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    So cute! Sort of….nice shot.

  • Thank you.

    – Mark Hughes

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Great shot!! What is it?? :)

  • Thank you Angie, it is a Pallas’s Cat.

    – Mark Hughes

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 3 years ago

    Wow….Fantastic capture Mark! Straight to my favs!

  • Thank you Ginny.

    – Mark Hughes

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Delicate artwork my friend, I pleasure to consider and studying about; thank you:)
    Hugs is our motto:))

  • Manny thanks.

    – Mark Hughes

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 3 years ago

    OMG!!! fabulous image, s/he’s absolutely AWESOME!!!!
    Great title too.

  • Thank you Carol.

    – Mark Hughes

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    I don’t know why, they always look so cranky. Adorable capture.

  • Thank you.

    – Mark Hughes

  • Elizabeth James
    Elizabeth Jamesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful detail!

  • Thank you for your comments Elizabeth.

    – Mark Hughes

  • Gail Falcon
    Gail Falconover 3 years ago

    This is a species I have never seen…beautiful. Love your portfolio….can’t wait to see more!

  • Thank you Gail, the Pallas’s Cat are so beautiful but very shy.

    – Mark Hughes

  • Trina King
    Trina Kingover 3 years ago

    wow! my first reaction…what the heck is that!?! we don’t have those here :) positively amazing! all of your photos are incredible!!!

  • Thank you very much Trina for your kind comments, Mark

    – Mark Hughes

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