Picture of the Week 19 – European Zoo Trip

This weeks picture is of a Pallas’s Cat (or Manul). The picture was taken at the Zürich Zoo in Switzerland.

European Zoo Trip

Tomorrow I will be leaving for a trip to three European zoos. First to the Burger’s Zoo in Arnhem in The Netherlands and then to the Zoos in Hannover and Leipzig in Germany.

I will be back in the USA on Thursday May 17. If I get a chance I will post some images while I am in Europe!

More about Pallas’s cat:

Pallas’s Cat (Otocolobus manul), also called the Manul, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in Central Asia. The species was named after the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776 under the binomial Felis manul.

Pallas’s Cats are about the size of a domestic cats. They are solitary and territorial. They spend the day in caves, rock crevices, or marmot burrows, and emerge in the late afternoon to begin hunting. They are not fast runners, and hunt primarily by ambush or stalking. They feed largely on diurnally active prey species such as gerbils, pikas, voles and Chukar partridges.