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    An 'incredibly rare and elusive' cheetah has photographed by scientists using camera traps in the Algerian Sahara.
    The first camera-trap photographs of the cheetah, taken as part of a systematic survey of 1,750 square miles of the central Sahara, are providing scientists with information on population numbers, movement and how it interacts with its environment.


    A rare photo of a cheetah that has been photographed by scientists in the Algerian Sahara using special camera traps
    There are thought to be less than 250 adult Northwest African or Saharan cheetahs, making the subspecies critically endangered, but very little is known about the cat.
    The cheetah is found across the Sahara desert and savannah of north and west Africa in small, fragmented populations, the biggest of which is thought to be in Algeria.
    The survey identified four different Saharan cheetahs by examining the pattern of their spots, which are unique to each individual animal.
    The research also provided photographic confirmation of the presence of sand cats in the region and, through the collection of a horn, confirmation that the scimitar-horned oryx - now extinct in the wild - had once lived in the area.

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    There are thought to be less than 250 adult Northwest African or Saharan cheetahs, making the subspecies critically endangered

    Dr Sarah Durant, senior research fellow with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), said: 'The Saharan cheetah is critically endangered, yet virtually nothing is known about the population, so this new evidence, and the ongoing research work, is hugely significant.'
    Farid Belbachir, research student at ZSL and research fellow at the Universite de Bejaia in Algeria who is implementing the survey said: 'This is an incredibly rare and elusive subspecies of cheetah and current population estimates, which stand at less than 250 mature individuals, are based on guesswork.
    'This study is helping us to turn a corner in our understanding, providing us with information about population numbers, movement and ecology.'
    The research was undertaken by ZSL, Office du Parc National de l'Ahaggar and the Universite de Bejaia, with support from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera, an organisation dedicated to conserving the world's 36 species of wild cat.

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    it's kinda fug. sort of like a cheetah and an anorexic hyena mated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    it's kinda fug. sort of like a cheetah and an anorexic hyena mated.
    Yes, not an attractive animal. Such skinny legs!
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    It's so skinny from doing yoga once a week, just like Lindsay does.
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    Aww, I think he's pretty. He looks like an old man cheetah. haha

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    The long neck and mouth...scare me

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    it's kinda fug. sort of like a cheetah and an anorexic hyena mated.
    It's hard to keep looking good in the Sahara Desert.I think he's actually kinda cute.

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    He's so tall. I kinda want to feed him a steak to fatten him up though.
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