In search of the elusive Saharan cheetah

The rare and enigmatic Saharan cheetah – a unique daylight photograph from remote cameras obtained during a survey of the Ahaggar Cultural Park in Algeria

Rare photographs of Saharan cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki) scentmarking taken by remote cameras in a survey in the Ahaggar Cultural Park in the Algerian Sahara. The survey was conducted by Farid Belbachir, Amel Belbachir-Bazi and Sarah Durant with the support of Zoological Society of London, Howard G Buffett Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, Panthera, Office National du Parc Culturel de l’Ahaggar and others

In Search of the Elusive Saharan Cheetah
By Sarah Durant
Zoological Society of London, Wildlife Conservation Society and National Geographic Big Cats Initiative

The rare and enigmatic Saharan cheetah – a unique daylight photograph from remote cameras obtained during a survey of the Ahaggar Cultural Park in Algeria

It is 2008 and I am travelling through the magnificent red mountains and sandy plains in the Ahaggar Cultural Park in south central Algeria, with my PhD students, Farid Belbachir and Amel Belbachir-Bazi. We’re setting up the first surveys of cheetahs here. It was thrilling to think that a cheetah may well have passed through, perhaps just days, or even hours, before us.
Once we were away from the nearest towns, signs of wildlife were frequent, and we came across Dorcas gazelle, hares, and even Barbary —> Read More Here

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