Did you know there are ten species of African cats??

The three big cats of Africa which everyone knows, but also seven smaller wild cats.

Wild Cats of Africa Print
Wild Cats of Africa Print by Roger Hall

Three African Big Cats

African Lion

Panthera leo

African Lion (Panthera leo)

African Leopard

Panthera pardus

African Leopard (Panthera pardus)

African Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

African Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

 

Three Medium Sized African Cats

African Caracal Cat

Caracal caracal

African Caracal Cat Information

African Serval Cat

Leptailurus serval

African Serval Cat (Leptailurus serval)

African Golden Cat

Caracal aurata

African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata)

Four Small Sized African Cats 

Jungle Cat

Felis chaus

African Wildcat

Felis lybica
African Wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica)

Sand Cat

Felis margarita
Sand Cat (Felis margarita)

Black-footed Cat

Felis nigripes
Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes)

African Cats Lists

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Alphabetical List of African Cats by Common Name

African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata)

African Wildcat (Felis lybica)

Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes)

Caracal (Caracal caracal)

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Jungle Cat (Felis chaus)

Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Sand Cat (Felis margarita)

Serval (Leptailurus serval)

List of African Cats by Scientific Name (by Genus)

Acinonyx genus

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Caracal genus

African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata)

Caracal (Caracal caracal)

Felis genus

Jungle Cat (Felis chaus)

African Wildcat (Felis lybica)

Sand Cat (Felis margarita)

Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes)

Serval (Leptailurus serval)

Panthera genus

Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Wild Cats of Africa List by Lineage

Panthera Lineage

Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Puma Lineage

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Caracal Lineage

African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata)

Caracal (Caracal caracal)

Serval (Leptailurus serval)

Felis Lineage

Jungle Cat (Felis chaus)

African Wildcat (Felis lybica)

Sand Cat (Felis margarita)

Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes)

Taxonomy Reference: Kitchener et al. 2017. A revised taxonomy of the Felidae. The final report of the Cat Classification Task Force of the IUCN / SSC Cat Specialist Group.