Rare Cheetah Spotted in Sahara

Camera-trap snaps 'incredibly elusive' subspecies
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2009 3:36 AM CST
A critically endangered Saharan cheetah caught on camera in the Algerian desert.   (Farid Belbachir / ZSL / OPNA)

(Newser) – An incredibly rare and elusive Saharan cheetah has been caught on camera in the Algerian desert, reports the Daily Telegraph. Fewer than 250 of the animals are believed to exist. Zoological Society of London researchers obtained the camera-trap photos as part of a project to systematically survey life in the Central Sahara. They say they hope the new evidence will help protect the critically endangered subspecies.