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. <www.iucnredlist.org> Felis nigripes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. 21 Jun 2017.
Black-footed Cat Distribution Map
Click to view an interactive current map of the Black-footed Cat's range by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: