Asian golden cat populations are declining from deforestation (from logging and agriculture) and the loss of habitat, as well as poaching. The cat is also being killed in retaliation for plundering livestock. It is believed in some cultures that the scent of the cat’s burned pelt or carrying a strand of its hair will keep tigers away, which also contributes to excessive hunting and poaching. There are very few Asiatic golden cats in zoos.
Although it is illegal to hunt the Asian golden cat in most range countries (excluding Lao and Bhutan), the cat is aggressively poached for its fur and bones. The cat’s meat is also considered a delicacy. The cat’s current population is believed to be under 10,000, with a China population of between 3,000 to 5,000 and a Thailand population size in the hundreds.
Asiatic Golden Cat Conservation Organizations
Cat Action Treasury (CAT)
CAT was created in 1995 to conserve the world’s 36 species of wild cat.
"...We play a leading role in advancing conservation of the big cats - tiger, lion, snow leopard, cheetah, leopard, jaguar and puma – as well as the rare and little known small cats – including marbled cat, clouded leopard, guiña, Andean cat, Asiatic golden cat, Borneo bay cat, flat-headed cat, black-footed cat and Pallas cat...CAT works closely with the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, an international network of over 200 experts on wild cats. " International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC) Canada
A 100% volunteer organization specializing in small wild cat conservation with an extensive online database of wild cat information.
IUCN/SSC: Cat Specialist Group
Advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species.
"...The IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group brings together more than 200 of the world’s leading cat experts, including scientists, wildlife managers and conservationists from 50 countries who are dedicated to advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species...The Cat Specialist Group is active in many of its own initiatives as well, focusing on the development of tools for the assessment of the species’ status, for the compilation and distribution of intelligence and for supporting the work of its members..."