The sand cat (Felis margarita), also known as the sand dune cat, is the only felid found primarily in true desert, and has a wide but apparently disjunct distribution through the deserts of northern Africa and southwest and central Asia. Since 2002 this small cat has been listed as Near Threatened by IUCN due to concern over potential low population size and decline.
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... The wildcat's closest living relatives are the sand cat, the Chinese mountain cat (which may be a subspecies of wildcat), the jungle cat and the black-footed cat ... As a whole, the wildcat (along with the jungle and leopard cat) represents a much less specialised form than the sand cat and manul ... which bears similarity to those of the sand cat and manul ...
... Captive sand cats are highly sensitive to respiratory diseases and infection of the upper respiratory tract ... 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 June 2008, the Sand Cat was relaunched as a product of Oshkosh Defense ... The Oshkosh Sand Cat includes lessons learned from the MRAP series and features impact-absorbing suspended seats and a V-hull to add underbelly armor protection ...
... The Sand Cat (Hebrew פלסן קרקל, also Plasan Caracal) is a composite armored vehicle designed by Plasan of Israel ... A heavily armored version of the Sand Cat featuring ceramic body parts was presented to the U.S ... At the 2008 Eurosatory, the Sand Cat was shown branded as an Oshkosh Corporation product ...
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