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Sand Cat Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Felis margarita
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Carnivora
  • Range

    The sand cat can be found from North Africa's Sahara Desert through the Middle East into Central Asia.

  • Status

    The sand cat’s isolated, extreme environments make it difficult for scientists to study the species. As a result, its numbers in the wild aren’t precisely known. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists them as near-threatened. Lincoln Park Zoo cooperatively manages sand cat populations with other institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    This hardy predator inhabits dry, sandy deserts. It's adapted to withstand temperatures ranging from below freezing to well over 100 F.

  • Niche

    Nocturnal hunters, sand cats use their formidable sense of hearing to locate rodents, insects and reptiles beneath the sands. They are known to attack and consume venomous snakes. In turn, they are preyed on by jackals, snakes and owls.

  • Life History

    Excellent diggers, sand cats spend much of the desert day in burrows dug beneath the sand, helping them to stay cool. They rarely drink water, obtaining the moisture they require from prey. The species is solitary, coming together only to breed.

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