Black-footed Cat Distribution in Africa
Of the five regions of Africa, the Black-footed Cat only occurs (endemic) in southern Africa.
The cat is found only in the semi-arid habitats of this region, primarily in just three countries (IUCN 2018):
North Africa: absent
West Africa: absent
Central Africa: absent
East Africa: absent
Southern Africa: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa (marginally in Zimbabwe and southern Angola)
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 current revision of the Felidae cat family suggests there is insufficient variation to substantiate a subspecies division and only the species Felis nigripes is valid.
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.
- Savanna - Dry
- Grassland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
- Desert - Hot