The Sand cat also referred to as the "sand dune cat", is a
small wild cat distributed over African and Asian deserts. The
Sand cat lives in arid areas that are too hot and dry even for
the African Wildcat: the Sahara, the Arabian Desert, and the
deserts of Iran and Pakistan. The sand cat was first described
by Victor Loche in 1858, who named the species Felis margarita
after Jean Auguste Margueritte, the leader of the expedition
during which he had discovered the animal.
Conservation status: Near threatened.