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Last Updated: Tuesday February 24 2009 13:03 GMT

Endangered cheetah filmed in wild

A cheetah that's been photographed by scientists in the Algerian Sahara

A rare and endangered cheetah has been caught on camera on the prowl in the Sahara desert in Algeria.

There's thought to be fewer than 250 Saharan cheetahs left in the world so scientists have set up hidden cameras to try to spot as many as they can.

So far four different cheetahs have been snapped by loads of cameras hidden across the central Sahara, in a project by the Zoological Society of London.

It's hoped the photos will help people learn more about the creatures.

ZSL's Dr Sarah Durant said: "The Saharan cheetah is critically endangered, yet virtually nothing is known about the population, so this new evidence, and the ongoing research work, is hugely significant."

A cheetah that's been photographed by scientists in the Algerian Sahara