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Sand Kitty

Sand Kitty

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, October 14, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment

                                 Sand Cat (credit: Greg Hume, Wiki-commons)

Sand cats (Felix margarita) are one of the rarest and least-seen felines. The small cats live in extreme deserts like the Sahara of North Africa, in Saudi Arabia, and Central Asia inhabiting sandy and stony landscapes far from water. Their thickly furred paws are well adapted to the extreme deserts, tolerating both hot and cold environmental conditions. Once listed as 'near threatened' by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) due to habitat fragmentation, sand cats were recently downlisted to 'least concern'. A lucky photographer with Panthera, the international wild feline conservation group, happened upon a group of kittens on an expedition in the Moroccan desert recently.

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