Like the Asian golden cat
, the African golden cat (Felis aurata
) isn't always golden -- its fur
can range from gray
and be spotted
or plain. These cats live in the tropical rain forest
s of West and Central Africa
and other dense vegetation. They are about twice the size of a large house cat
, but this varies according to location. They eat rodent
s, and bird
s, hunting most often at twilight
, mostly on the ground although they will climb trees.
They are hunted for their fur and for humans to eat, and are losing a lot of habitat; their numbers in the wild are thought to be less than 50,000.