Indian Desert Cat – UPSC Prelims

  • Indian Desert Cat is also known as the Asian steppe wildcat and Asiatic Wildcat.
  • The cat is considered as a subspecies of African Wildcat.
  • It is mostly found in Kazakhstan, western India, China and Mongolia.
  • Habitat: The cat is found in deserts and can survive without water. The toes of the species have cushion-like hair which helps them to balance the fluctuating desert temperatures.
  • In India, the Asiatic wildcat inhabits the Thar Desert and is associated with the scrub desert. The cat has also been recorded in Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh and Mirzapur forests.
  • IUCN Red List: The Least Concern

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