|Family||Weasel family (Mustelidae)|
|Genus||Marbled polecats (Vormela)|
|Species Authority||Guldenstaedt, 1770|
|Summary||Status: rare (Category III), its range is rapidly decreasing. There are 2 subspecies in Kazakstan, one lives in the western part and the other inhabits the sands of the Aryskum and Muyunkum Deserts, the southern Lake Balkhash area, the Lake Alakol Basin and the foothills of the Zaili and Dzhungar Alatau mountains. This animal usually inhabits semideserts and deserts, but it can also inhabit steppe, foothills and irrigated agricultural lands. Its population size varies, apparently due to fluctuations in availability of its prey, such as gophers. Basic limiting factors are agriculture, the use of poisonous chemicals to control rodent pests, and hunting. It is protected in Ustyurt Nature Reserve and other reserves. There are no data on cap-tive breeding. It is necessary to establish a reserve in the southern Lake Balkhash area to protect all the mammals, reptiles and birds that inhabit the deserts there. In addition, this animal should be studied in captivity.|
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