- Researcher have been able to capture photos of the elusive sand cat that was last spotted approximately 10 years ago
- The sand cat is an endangered species that lives in the deserts of North Africa, Arabia and Asia
- It is important to study the sand cat so we can have a better understanding on how to preserve the endangered species
The sand cat is an extremely shy animal that is rarely seen. It is a very rare and endangered species that lives in the deserts of Arabia, Asia and North Africa. The last time a sand cat was spotted was almost 10 years ago.
Its fur serves it as a camouflage and its furry paws help it tread across dunes.
Researchers set up five cameras on nearly 2000 square meters of desert about 150 kilometers from Abu Dhabi. They believe that only about 250 sand cats live in the region.
The dunes and scarce vegetation are the perfect habitat for the small sand cat.
The researchers set up lures for the cats that consisted of fish and chicken. In less than a month their cameras caught footage of a sand cat.
The scientists since then have captured a couple more photos of the sand cats.
“They are a very sensitive species, and it’s not easy to study them. They are very tricky. They are very elusive," said Hessa Al Qahtani, head of conservation at Al Ain Zoo.
Any information gathered on these elusive creatures is important to further understand the threats they face and how to protect the fragile and rare species.