What Are Some Facts About the African Golden Cat?


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The African golden cat (Profelis aurata) is a medium-sized, solidly built wild cat that inhabits the Equatorial Africa rainforests. It is usually found in two distinct colors: reddish-brown or gray. The under parts, chin and cheeks are whitish. The inner side of the limbs and stomach are marked with black spots. The head is fairly small with a large muzzle, beautiful eye coloration and rounded ears with black backsides.

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An adult African golden cat weighs 12 to 35 pounds and is 24 to 57 inches long and approximately 20 inches tall. Males are heavier and larger than females, and their tails are 6.3 to 18.1 inches long.

The African golden cat prefers rainforests but can also live in logged areas along rivers and high mountainous areas with alpine moorlands, bamboo and sub-alpine forests. Its prey consists of domestic livestock, monkeys, rodents, hyraxes, duikers, small antelopes and birds captured at ground level. It also scavenges kills from other predators. The main predators of the African golden cat are humans and larger carnivores living in the same territory.

The African golden cat has a 75 to 78-day gestation period, after which one or two cubs are born. A cub reaches maturity at around 2 years and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. African golden cats live a solitary lifestyle except during mating times.

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