Here is a truly compelling reason to avoid war in the Middle East.
Felis margarita, the beautiful sand cat, is listed as ‘nearly threatened’ rather than endangered. However as they are solitary animals with a wide hunting range no-one really knows how many are left in their original habitat, the desert areas of North Africa and southwest and central Asia.
Small and stocky with short legs and a long tail, they have large ears, live in burrows in the sand and can survive for months without water.
Forget about saving whales and great white sharks, I think the sand cat should be high on any list of conservation worthy creatures.
- ‘Extinct’ sand cats born in Israel (bigpondnews.com)
- Rare sand kittens born in Ramat Gan (timesofisrael.com)
- PHOTOS: The 15 Cutest Endangered Animals in the World (newsfeed.time.com)