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African Golden Cat

African Golden Cat Range Map (W & C Africa)
African Golden Cat Range Map (W & C Africa)

Latin Name Profelis aurata
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location West & Central Africa
Colour Grey or Reddish Brown
Length 61 - 100 cms (24 - 39 inches)
Tail 16 - 46 cms (6.5 - 18 inches)
Weight 5.5 - 16 Kgs (12 - 35 lbs)
Life Expectancy

15 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

African Golden Cats are medium sized cats and they have a body length between 61 and 100 cms (24 - 39 inches), a tail length between 16 and 46 cms (6.5 - 18 inches) and they weigh between 5.5 and 16 kgs (12 - 35 lbs).

They have two colour phases, either grey or reddish brown, and they can be either plain or have faintly spotted markings. Their underside, chest and throat are light coloured or white and they have small white patches above their eyes. Their small ears are rounded and dark in colour and their long tail has a distinctive central stripe and a black or brown tip.

African Golden Cats are agile and are good climbers. They also have a range of vocalizations that they are able to use for communication.


African Golden Cats are found in the tropical rainforests of western and central Africa at altitudes below 3,600 m (11,810 ft). They are solitary and can be active during the day or night, depending on their location.


African Golden Cats mainly feed on rodents, birds, hyraxes, small antelope, monkeys and domestic livestock.


After a gestation period of 75 - 78 days, 1 - 2 young are born. The youngsters are born with their eyes closed, but they grow quickly and after 6 or 7 days they open their eyes and at 10 days old they are walking.

They are weaned at 6 - 8 weeks and they reach sexual maturity at 18 months old.


Humans are predators of African Golden Cats.


There are two subspecies of African Golden Cat:

Profelis aurata aurata
Profelis aurata cottoni

Interesting Facts

African Golden Cats are the only member of the genus Profelis, but they are closely related to the caracal and the serval.

Similar Animals

Bay Cat
Marbled Cat
Asian Golden Cat


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