Sand Cat

Felis margarita

The sand cat is equipped for desert life. Large ears radiate heat. Covered with hair, its footpads are insulated from the hot sand. During extreme heat, the sand cat cools off in a burrow. The sand cat does not need to drink often as it gets enough moisture from its prey.

Learn more: The sand cat is one of the five small cat species with which the Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) works on its Small Cat Signature Project.

Fact File

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where to see themWhere to see them: Night Hunters
lengthLength: 1.3 to 1.9 ft
heightHeight: Up to 1 ft
weightWeight: 4.4 to 5.5 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 9 yrs
habitatHabitat: Desert
dietDiet: Small rodents, lizards and insects
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened )

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