|Chinese Desert Cat|
This cat is distributed over the following regions of China: Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan. It inhabits sparsely-wooded forests and shrublands, but despite its name it is seldom found in true deserts.
Chinese Desert Cats are active at night; they hunt for rodents, pikas and birds. This cat is protected in China, but it is still endangered due to the organised poisoning of pikas, their main prey; these poisonings either kill the cats unintentionally, or withdraw their food basis.
There are three subspecies, Felis b. bieti in the eastern parts, and Felis b. chutuchta and Felis b. vellerosa in the west. Some authorities regard chutuchta and vellerosa as subspecies of the Wild Cat.