The African Golden Cat occurs in the tropical forests of equatorial Africa from Senegal, Sierra Leone and Liberia in the west, through the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to a minimal distribution in Uganda and Kenya in the east.
African Golden Cat Subspecies
The latest taxonomic revision proposes the same two subspecies that have been recognized in the past, although further research is required:
Caracal aurata aurata - East and Central Africa (minimal spotting on coat)
Caracal aurata celidogaster - West Africa (distinct spotting on coat)
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.
African Golden Cat Distribution in Africa
African Golden Cats occur in 14 African countries mainly across west and central Africa:
North Africa: absent
West Africa: Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone
Central Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Gabon
East Africa: Kenya (possible), Uganda
Southern Africa: absent
Reference: Bahaa-el-din, L., Mills, D., Hunter, L. & Henschel, P. 2015. Caracal aurata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T18306A50663128.Downloaded on 28 June 2017.
African Golden Cat Distribution Map
Click to view an interactive current map of the African Golden Cat's range by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: