Cats For Africa was established in July 2007 to:

* educate the general public on the smaller wild cats of Africa *

* promote African research projects involved with small cats *

* support conservation of wildlife habitats in Africa *

* support ethical African rehabilitation centres *


African wild cats big and small

Small, Medium and Large…

Very broadly speaking small cats are the wild cats that weigh less than 30kgs. In Africa the three big cats are lion, leopard and cheetah, and the other seven species are all referred to as small cats. Some of the larger small cats are sometimes described as medium sized cats, such as the caracal and serval. However one does not generally use the term ‘medium cats’ – they are either ‘big cats’ or ‘small cats’!



We are extremely grateful to the people and organisations, that kindly gave us permission to use their material on this website. Copyright vests in the individual owners. Please do not use any of the images without permission.

The distribution maps and most of the images and were reproduced with permission from: Luke Hunter and photographer Gerald Hinde, from the book ‘Cats of Africa‘, Struik Publishers, Cape Town – available on Amazon. Other sources of images are indicated underneath each image.