Historical records in the country are scarce. Pocock (1951) referred to one skin in the British Museum from the area of Meshed [Mashhad] in the Khorasan Province, north-eastern Iran. Members of the 1962–63 Street Expedition found only one skin in Tehran, and learned of two individuals in the Tehran Zoo from an unknown location (Lay 1967). Two decades later, Etemad (1985) reported two more records in the Khorasan Province, viz in the Tajan River valley and near the city of Sarakhs, and one near the Arax River in north-western Iran.
Several records were reported since the turn of the century. Aghili et al. (2008) sighted Pallas' cats in the Kopet Dag Mountains in 2004, and knew of an individual captured in 2008 near Tabriz in the Azerbaijan Province. In 2008, the first Pallas' cat was photographed in the Khojir National Park by a camera trap (Chalani et al. 2008). Karami et al. (in press) report sightings in the southern foothills of the Alborz Mountains, photographic records in the Qom Province, and capture and release records in the Zagros Mountains, in the Yazd and Kerman Provinces as far south as the Lalehzar Mountains.
In the following map, the markers point to locations where Pallas' cats were recorded after 2000, some also containing photos; the anted markers indicate areas thought to harbour Pallas' cats. For further information about individual locations : click on the marker to zoom in.
Locations published in The Atlas of Mammals of Iran provided by Taher Ghadirian. Text and map by Angie Appel, reviewed by Arash Ghoddousi in May 2013.
Appel, A. 2013. Pallas' cat: Distribution in Iran. Pallas' Cat Working Group.