The African Wildcat is widespread in Africa and extends into the Middle East, but excludes the Sahara and rainforests. This map shows the distribution for all the Wildcat species.
African Wildcat Subspecies
Some authors group all the Wildcat subspecies under Felis silvestris and others separate them into two species - Felis silvestris in their European range and Felis lybica in the African and Asian range.
The latest taxonomic revision uses the latter grouping and proposes the following subspecies:
Felis lybica lybica - East, West and North Africa extending to the Middle East
Felis lybica cafra - Southern Africa
Felis lybica ornata - Asian range (spotted coat)
For the purposes of this website - the African Wildcat refers to the subspecies F. l. lybica and F. l. cafra.
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 Wildcat Distribution in Africa
African Wildcats occur in 46 African countries across all five regions:
North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Western Sahara
West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Togo
Central Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic Congo
East Africa: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland
Reference: IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) 2015. <www.iucnredlist.org> Felis silvestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. 21 Jun 2017.
African Wildcat Distribution Map
Click to view an interactive current map of the Wild Cat's range by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: