Black-Footed Cat Distribution Map
Black-footed Cat Distribution
Map Reproduced with permission from the book Cats of Africa

The Black-footed Cat is endemic to southern Africa and found only in the semi-arid parts of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.


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 in Africa

Black-footed Cats occur in the semi-arid and savannah habitats of central southern Africa:

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


Reference: IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) 2016. <> Felis nigripes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. 21 Jun 2017.
Africa Political Map by Nations Online Project
Africa Political Map by Nations Online Project

Black-footed Cat Distribution Map

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Black-footed Cat Distribution Map

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