Black-footed Cat Distribution in Africa
The Black-footed Cat is endemic to southern Africa and found only in the semi-arid habitats of this region, primarily in just three countries:
Reference: IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) 2016. <www.iucnredlist.org> Felis nigripes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. 21 Jun 2017.
*The country links will take you to an adventure travel website that has images of the typical natural environment and wildlife habitat of that country.
Black-footed Cat Habitat
The typical habitat of the Black-footed Cat is arid, open savanna or grassland to semi-desert, excluding the driest regions of the deserts.
The IUCN Red List has standardised habitat types globally and the following types are suitable for Black-footed Cats:
- Savanna - Dry
- Grassland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
- Desert - Hot
Reference: Classification Schemes > Habitats.
Black-footed Cat Subspecies
Two subspecies of the Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes) have been recognized in the past:
1. Felis nigripes nigripes - northern part of range (lighter base colour and markings)
2. Felis nigripes thomasi - southern part of range (darker base colour and markings)
However the latest taxonomic revision by the IUCN Cat Specialist Group suggests there is insufficient variation to substantiate a subspecies division and only the species Felis nigripes is valid.
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.
Black-footed Cat Distribution Map
Click to view an interactive map of the Black-footed Cat's range by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: