RARE CHEETAH PHOTOS: Endangered Cats Trapped by Cameras

RARE CHEETAH PHOTOS: Endangered Cats Trapped by Cameras
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Shown prowling the Sahara in 2008, this cat is the only northwest African cheetah captured in daylight during the first camera-trap survey of the subspecies in Algeria, scientists announced February 23, 2009.

Typically daytime animals, the cheetahs were likely laid low by 100-plus-degree-Fahrenheit (38-plus-degree-Celsius) temperatures, survey co-leader Sarah Durant said.

The heat and roadless terrain also took its toll on the researchers, who installed 40 camera traps in a 1,080-square-mile (2,800-square-kilometer) region.

The result: 16 sightings of four different northwestern African cheetahs.

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—Photograph courtesy Farid Belbachir/ZSL/OPNA
 
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