MONGOLIA, Mongolia — Wildcats are thriving in the mountains of the Mongols’ Mongolian Plateau, where they’re the dominant cat species in the area, researchers say.
Mongolia’s Mancung mountains, located just outside the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, are a wildcat refuge for the animals.
They are one of the last wild cats left in the region, which is considered a protected area.
Scientists at the Mongolian Forest Department in the capital Ulaansarbaatar said they recently discovered that the wildcats are now breeding and creating a new habitat for themselves in the Mancong mountains.
Wildcats are native to Mongolia.
They were introduced to Mongolia by Mongolian explorers in the 18th century, and in the 20th century the Mongolic government started a program of reintroduction and restoration of wildcats.
The Mongols also reintroduced cats to China in the late 1990s.
Wildcat populations in the Mongolan Mountains range from 1,000 to 3,000 animals, according to the Mongolia Mountain Range Department.
Mancongs mountain range is protected by the Mongolians government.