03/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Saharan Cheetahs, Rare Species, Caught On Camera Trap

There are thought to be less than 250 adult Northwest African or Saharan cheetahs, making the subspecies critically endangered, but very little is known about the cat.

The first camera-trap photographs of the cheetah, taken as part of a systematic survey of 1,750 square miles of the central Sahara, are providing scientists with information on population numbers, movement and how it interacts with its environment.

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