It was 2 a.m. in the desert near Morocco during the last expedition Breton would take looking for a glimpse of the wild sand cat. He was sitting on the roof of the SUV, shining a light into the darkness, when he finally spotted something.
"I was chatting with our local driver, Elhaj, to keep him awake ... [We were] close to giving up," Breton wrote. "Then, it happened. Three pairs of eyes gleamed back."