Mammals

Index of some articles about mammals in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

Saharan cheetah / Guépard saharien (Acinonyx jubatus hecki), Ahaggar Cultural Park, Algeria, March 2020 (ONPCA)

Saharan Cheetah filmed at Ahaggar, southern Algeria

Saharan Cheetah filmed by remote cameras at the Ahaggar Cultural Park in the Algerian Sahara. For the first time in more than a decade, the Saharan Cheetah spotted again in the Ahaggar Mountains in Tamanrasset, southern Algeria. The news was announced today during a press conference by Salah Amokrane, the director of the Algerian Cultural …

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Sand Cat (Felis margarita) resting in Brown-necked Raven nest, southern Morocco (J. M. Bompar and co-authors)

Sand Cats resting in bird nests built in tall Acacia trees

Sand cats found resting in Brown-necked Raven nests. This original and previously undocumented behaviour was discovered in western Sahara, southern Morocco. During a naturalist trip in the Dakhla-Aousserd region in autumn 2018, Jean-Michel Bompar and his colleagues found three sand cats (Felis margarita) resting in the nests of Brown-necked Ravens (Corvus ruficollis). The nests were …

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Sand cat / chat des sables (Felis margarita margarita), Merzouga, Morocco, 23 Feb. 2019 (photo by MT).

Sand Cat sighted at Merzouga, Morocco, for the first time in more than 2 decades

The elusive sand cat (Felis margarita) sighted for the first time at Merzouga in almost three decades. The sand cat was observed and photographed on the evening of 23 February 2019 (photos below). According to the locals, the species has not been observed in the region of Merzouga since 1990s. Exactly, the last known individual …

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Adult striped ground squirrel photographed at Tadouarte Ida Ou Mhand, near Biougra (Cătălin Stanciu)

Striped Ground Squirrel in Morocco – hidden in plain sight

In the Palearctic, the Striped Ground Squirrel is only present in Morocco. Despite being relatively large and diurnal, the species remained poorly known since it was discovered in the country. A new study shed more light on this mammal species. The striped ground squirrel (Euxerus erythropus) is widely distributed in the Sudano-Guinean savannah, between the …

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Lesser mouse-tailed bat - Petit rhinopome (Rhinopoma hardwickii)

Mammal notes from the Aousserd region, southern Morocco

Some mammal notes from the Aousserd region made by Prof. Abdeljebbar Qninba of the University Mohammed V-Rabat and the Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I.). These observations were made between 18 March and 6 April 2016 in the framework of the project on the “Inventory of Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Aousserd Province” run by the …

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