Endangered Saharan cheetah filmed in Algeria

/ 07:19 PM May 21, 2020

A cheetah at the Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna, Austria, on Feb. 24, 2020. Image: AFP/Joe Klamar

Naturalists in Algeria have filmed a Saharan cheetah, a subspecies listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, for the first time in a decade, the national parks authority said.

The animal was spotted in the Hoggar Mountains national park in the vast country’s desert south, parks official Salah Amokrane told the state-run APS news agency.


Amokrane was speaking at the release on Monday of a documentary on the work of the park’s scientists, which includes images of the cheetah taken in the Atakor volcanic field whose peaks approach a height of 3,000 meters (9,800 feet).

The Saharan cheetah is quite different in appearance from the other African cheetahs. Its coat is shorter and paler in color.


Its range is now limited to isolated pockets across the Sahara and Sahel from Mali in the west to the Central African Republic in the east.

The subspecies was last seen in the Hoggar Mountains in 2008-10 when four individuals were recorded by camera traps.

In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature estimated the remaining population in Algeria at just 37 individuals. RGA


Endangered pygmy hippo born at zoo for first time in over 30 years

LOOK: Zebra gives birth to ‘zonkey’ after mating with donkey

TOPICS: Algeria, cheetah, endangered species, Sahara desert, wild animals
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.