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10 of the cutest endangered species

By: Laura Moss on Sept. 20, 2012, 5:57 p.m.
Sand Cat (Felis margarita)

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Sand cats

The smallest of all wild cats, sand cats are the size of domestic cats and are found in the deserts of northern Africa and central Asia. Because the animals live in vast, arid locations, they’re difficult to study and population estimates aren’t available. Sand cats are threatened by habitat loss, hunting and collection for pet trade. The species went extinct in Israel due to habitat destruction following the territorial exchange between Israel and Jordan in 1994, but a litter of four sand cat kittens was recently born at the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv.