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Sand cat - had to google this one to learn that it's a small, stocky wild cat that lives in deserts. Since 2002 this small cat has been listed as "near threatened" due to concern over potential low population size and decline.

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Sand Cats: The #Sand Cat (Felis margarita), aka the Sand Dune Cat, is the only cat living foremost in true deserts. This small cat is widely distributed in the deserts of North Africa and Southwest and Central Asia. Since 2002, it has been listed as near threatened by IUCN because the population is considered fragmented and small with a declining trend.

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Caturday - Felis margarita Edition

After 63 days of gestation, a rare Sand Cat Kitten was born at Israel’s Zoological Center Tel Aviv Ramat Gan - Safari. Once plentiful in numbers in the dunes of Israel, the Sand Cat has become extinct in the region. This is Safari Zoo’s first successful Sand Cat birth and it is hoped this kitten will join Israel’s Sand Cat Breeding Program in order to help reintroduce the species into the wild. Photos by: Mats Ellting

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A very rare cat, the Chinese desert cat is a well-proportioned cat- sized cat. Like the sand cat, the soles of its feet are covered with thick mats of fur to protect it from the hot sands. Its coat is sandy brown with distinctive darker brown spots set in wide-spaced vertical rows. Its undersides are very pale. The Chinese desert cat may be found in the deserts, steppes, scrub and mountains of Mongolia and China, where it hunts by night, from the ground, and seeks small rodents and reptiles

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After 63 days of gestation, a rare Sand Cat Kitten was born at Israel's Zoological Center Tel Aviv Ramat Gan - Safari. Once plentiful in numbers in the dunes of Israel, the Sand Cat has become extinct in the region. This is Safari Zoo's first successful Sand Cat birth and it is hoped this kitten will join Israel's Sand Cat Breeding Program in order to help reintroduce the species into the wild.

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Baby sand cat kitten parken zoo 1 - Sand Cats are endangered species of desert cat from North Africa and the Middle East. Repopulation efforts are ongoing but have failed in Israel thus far.

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