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African Golden Cat

Key Facts

* Endemic to Africa *

* Fur lies forward on head & neck *

* Very few studies *

African Golden Cat Facts

SCIENTIFIC NAMEĀ Caracal aurata

NAME ORIGIN

The Golden Cat gets the name from its reddish coat. The full common name is the African Golden Cat which distinguishes it from the similar Asian Golden Cat.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable (Global). IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2020-1. <www.iucnredlist.org>.

(Note that within each country the conservation status can differ to the global status.)

DISTRIBUTION

The African Golden Cat is endemic to Africa and only occurs in the tropical forests of equatorial Africa.

IDENTIFICATION

The African Golden Cat has a stocky build with a short tail and the coat varies from reddish to grey.

BEHAVIOR

The solitary African Golden Cat feeds mainly on rodents and birds, and is active at dawn and dusk (crepuscular) and at night (nocturnal).

LIFE CYCLE

From the few African Golden Cats that have been kept in captivity, gestation (pregnancy) is 75 days with two kittens in a litter and weaning at about six weeks.

Further Information on African Golden Cats

African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata)
African Golden Cat Drinking by Terry Whittaker