This Pallas’s cat, also called a manul, is a resident of Central Asia and the high mountain region of the Himalayas. About the size of a domestic house cat, it’s been classified as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 2002. It is a notoriously shy creature. Motion-sensing “camera traps” placed in remote ecosystems like this one help record the behavior of creatures like the Pallas’s cat. Watch this one as it suddenly notices the camera, and moves toward it for a better look.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.