Big 5s

Frederic Launay

CEO, Panthera

“My favourite animal to photograph is the sand cat, which is the only felid species primarily found in the desert. Although the small and admittedly cute cat isn’t considered endangered – the IUCN characterizes it as a species of ‘Least Concern’ – its range is patchy, and little is known about its ecological needs.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see this rare cat on a number of occasions in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and I’ve spent countless hours tracking and trying to find one before waiting to see a sand cat in full. More often than not, I’m lucky to catch a mere glimpse.

The anticipation, focus and patience it takes to get a good photograph of an elusive species like the sand cat makes the feat incredibly rewarding when it happens, and the process helps conservationists like me witness and understand the behaviours that allow the cat species to survive in its desert environment.

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Photo by Gregory Breton / Sand Cat Sahara Team

My Big 5

    Sand Cat
    Leopard
    Houbara bustard
    Arabian oryx
    Spiders

Frederic Launay

CEO, Panthera

“My favourite animal to photograph is the sand cat, which is the only felid species primarily found in the desert. Although the small and admittedly cute cat isn’t considered endangered – the IUCN characterizes it as a species of ‘Least Concern’ – its range is patchy, and little is known about its ecological needs.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see this rare cat on a number of occasions in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and I’ve spent countless hours tracking and trying to find one before waiting to see a sand cat in full. More often than not, I’m lucky to catch a mere glimpse.

The anticipation, focus and patience it takes to get a good photograph of an elusive species like the sand cat makes the feat incredibly rewarding when it happens, and the process helps conservationists like me witness and understand the behaviours that allow the cat species to survive in its desert environment.

Photo by Gregory Breton / Sand Cat Sahara Team

My Big 5

    Sand Cat
    Leopard
    Houbara bustard
    Arabian oryx
    Spiders

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