Size: The adult African Golden cat is 24 to 40 inches long from the head to the base of the tail; the tail adds a further 6-14.5 inches. It weighs roughly between 5-14 kg.
Colour and markings: Orange to grey coat that is plain or partially spotted.
Distribution:Central and West Africa.
Prey: Rodents, birds, small monkeys, small mammals and young antelope.
Threats:Extensive deforestation of tropical rainforests, their conversion to oil palm plantations coupled with mining activities and road building are destroying its essential habitat.
CAT-FACT: The African golden cat pelt has one distinguishing feature: the fur, from just in front of the shoulders to the crown of the head, changes direction and points forward. The junction of the change in direction of the hair pattern is marked by whorls and a low, crest-like ridge.
Black Footed Cat (Felis nigripes)
Also known as: Small-spotted cat, Little spotted Cat, Sebala Cat, Miershooptier (meaning Ant-Hill Tiger in Afrikaan).
Conservation status: Vulnerable.
Size:The adult Black-footed cat is roughly between 13 to 20 inches long from the head to the base of the tail; the tail adds a further 6 – 8.5 inches. It weighs roughly between 1.5 – 2.75 kg.
Colour and markings:A Tawny gold base coat with black or dark brown spots that merge into bands and spots.
Distribution: Desert and bushland of Southern Africa.
Prey:Small birds and rodents.
Threats: Loss of habitat leading to loss of prey.
CAT-FACT: The name of this cat, the smallest African cat species, is slightly misleading as the paw pads and undersides of the feet are black but nothing else. Attempts to rename the cat failed. They are also the most successful hunters in the feline family with roughly a 60% success ratio. Its understood they consume between 10-14 birds and rodents each night.