Like the Asian golden cat, the African golden cat (Felis aurata) isn't always golden -- its fur can range from gray to orange to black and be spotted or plain. These cats live in the tropical rain forests 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 rodents, monkeys, and birds, 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.

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