Jungle Cat Felis chaus Schreber, 1777 (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) at high elevations in Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal

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Bikram Shrestha Shrestha
Naresh Subedi
Ram Chandra Kandel


To date, the Jungle Cat Felis chaus has been recorded in the lowlands and mid-hills in Nepal. Photographic evidence, however, is scarce, particularly in alpine habitat.  Here we present the first photographic records of the Jungle Cat in an alpine habitat in Lower Mustang of the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal.  It was recorded by camera traps at elevations of 3,000–3,100 m in 2014 and 2016 in 10 detections during 2,755 trap days.  In July 2016, one individual was sighted at an elevation of 3,300m.  The habitat of these records comprised riverbed, a poultry farm adjacent to agricultural land and shrubland of Juniper and Caragana species.


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Bikram Shrestha Shrestha, Department of Biodiversity Research, Global Change Research Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Bělidla 4a, 60300 Brno, Czech Republic. 


1 Institute of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Benátská 2, 12801 Praha 2, Czech Republic.

 1 Forum of Natural Resource Managers (FONAREM), Koteshwor, Surya Koth Marga, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal.


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