African golden cat

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African Golden Cat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Profelis
(Severtzov, 1858)
Species: P. aurata
Binomial name
Profelis aurata
(Temminck, 1827)
  • Profelis aurata aurata
  • Profelis aurata celidogaster

An African golden cat (Profelis aurata) is a medium-sized cat. it weighs about 28 kg (62 lb) on average. The underside of its chest and chin are normally light-colored. In rare cases, they are pure white.

Description[change | change source]

Under captivity, it has shown that its fur color can change over time. This is affected by its age and external factors. The head of an African golden cat has light spots around the eyes. In the 1960s, studies were done that showed that various colors of the African golden cat (red, brown, silver) were found in equal numbers in most areas of their habitats. Distinctive spots at the back of the cat are only found on cats in West Africa.

Habitat[change | change source]

Normally, the habitat of the African golden cat is at the tropical rainforests found along the equator in Africa. Some experts say that the African golden cat stays in virgin forest. Other experts say they are comfortable in secondary forests.