African Golden Cat Subspecies
The current revision of the Felidae cat family 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)
The African Golden Cat occurs in the tropical forests of equatorial Africa.
It ranges 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 Distribution in Africa
African Golden Cats occur in 14 African countries mainly in western and central Africa (IUCN 2018):
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
African Golden Cat Habitat
African Golden Cats are specialist carnivores restricted to the rainforests of central Africa, and are the only forest-dependent feline of the ten African cats. They are one of the three medium sized African cats that are closely related and predate on similar prey types, however each cat occupies a different habitat and niche, thus avoiding competition.
- Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
- Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
Vegetation types of secondary importance are:
- Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level
- Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane