When you think of wild cats that live out in the harsh untamed places of the world you likely imagine lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, cougars, bobcats, and other fearsome beasts. What probably doesn’t come to mind is the North African Sand Dune Cat. These wild felines could easily be mistaken for an exotic breed of housecat but don’t let their size fool you, they’re every inch the accomplished hunter as their bigger cousins. As their name suggests they do indeed live in the desert and are, in fact, one of the smallest breeds of wild cat in the world. Unfortunately, due to habitat degradation they are slowly disappearing. Recently they were categorized as near threatened, which just a step above endangered.
For a look at what Sand Cats are like in captivity check out Canyon’s story below.