RARE CHEETAH PHOTOS: Endangered Cats Trapped by Cameras

RARE CHEETAH PHOTOS: Endangered Cats Trapped by Cameras
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A male northwest African cheetah sprays urine on a tree to mark its territory during a 2008 camera survey whose results were released February 23, 2009.

Scientists hope to stave off extinction for the 250-strong subspecies. But first they need hard data--and these photos are surprising first steps, survey co-leader Sarah Durant said.

"We weren't sure we'd get any photos at all," she said. "To get so many remarkable pictures was just amazing."

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—Photograph courtesy Farid Belbachir/ZSL/OPNA
 
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