IUCN Black-footed Cat Distribution Map
Interactive map of the Black-footed Cat's range by the IUCN Red List

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:

Southern Africa: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa (marginally in Zimbabwe and southern Angola). *

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.
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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: Sliwa, A., Wilson, B., Küsters, M. & Tordiffe, A. 2016. Felis nigripes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T8542A50652196. 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 (Felis nigripes) in Dry Grassland Habitat
Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes) in Dry Grassland Habitat

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:

Black-footed Cat Distribution Map

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