Sand Cat - Conservation - in Captivity

In Captivity

Captive sand cats are highly sensitive to respiratory diseases and infection of the upper respiratory tract. This is the main cause of death in adults. The most common disease is infectious rhinotracheitis. With sand cats being very susceptible to respiratory infections, they have to be kept in very arid enclosures where humidity and temperature do not fluctuate.

As of January 20, 2010, there are 26 sand cats in captivity in the United States. In May 2010, the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPR) announced the first-ever captive birth of two sand-cat kittens following an in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer procedure at its facilities. Four red sand-cat kittens were born at the Ramat Gan Zoological Center in Israel in July 2012, as part of a European breeding program to fight the endangerment of the species.

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