These cats are typically found in two different colours - red or gray which were once thought to be two different species. Their cheeks, chin, and under parts are whitish in colour with their belly and inner sides of limbs marked with a variable amount of dark spotting. Body colouring ranges from chestnut through fawn to silver, with varying marking: spotted all over, spots on the back and neck, no patterns except on flanks. and no pattern except for their belly. The African Golden Cat's head is realtively small sporting a large muzzle, with beautiful eye colouration with irises from green to golden brown; their ears are rounded with black backsides. Melanistic individuals have been known to occur. They grow to approximately 31 inches in length with a 12 inch tail. They generally weigh between 12 and 35 lbs. The males are typically larger than the females.
In Uganda's Bwindi National Park eradiction of the Leopard has left the African Golden Cat the dominant carnivorous predator in that area. Hunting is prohibited in only 12 of this cat's 26 range countries at present.
Conservation Status: Present Status and Population unknown. African golden cats are currently protected under Apppendix II of CITES, Endangered Species Act. Their main predators are man and larger carnivores occupying the same territory.
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