Small Wild Cats List

The Small Wild Cats

Of the world’s total species of wild cats, over 80% are small wild cats. They can be found in Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Central America and Europe. Many of these small cats are listed as THREATENED, ENDANGERED or CRITICALLY ENDANGERED on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

For more information about each of the small wild cats listed below, or to find organizations involved in their conservation, including research, education, rescue and sanctuary work, click on the cat’s name.

Small Wild Cats List

small wild cat lisit african golden catAfrican Golden Cat
Very little research has been conducted on the African golden cat, a wild cat found in the forests of Africa. The cat’s primary prey are rodents and squirrels. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Near Threatened.

 

small wild cats list - asiatic golden catAsian Golden Cat | Asiatic Golden Cat
A nocturnal cat found in China, Nepal, parts of India, Sumatra, Malaysia, Thailand and southeast Asia. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Near Threatened.

 

 

small wild cats list - andean mountain catAndean Mountain Cat
The Andean cat, with its thick, plush fur, inhabits Chile, northern Argentina, Bolivia and the Peruvian Andes. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Endangered.


 

small wild cats list - borneo bay catBay Cat | Bornean Bay Cat
The bay cat is the size of a large domestic cat and only found on the island of Borneo. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Endangered.

 

 

small wild cats list - blackfooted catBlack-footed Cat
One of the smallest wild cats, the black-footed cat Inhabits the African countries of South Africa, Botswana and Nambia. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable.

 

 

small wild cats list - bobcatBobcat
The bobcat can be found in North America, from Canada to the northern part of Mexico. They live in diverse habitats, including forests, swamps and deserts. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

 

 

small wild cats list - canada lynxCanada Lynx
Inhabiting Canada, parts of the United States, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, primarily in forests and wooded areas. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Stable. 

 

 

small wild cats list - caracalCaracal
Primarily inhabits dry regions; found throughout Africa, as well as India and Asia. Considered a desert animal.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

 

 

small wild cats list - eurasian lynxEurasian Lynx
The Eurasian lynx can be found in Europe, Russia, central Asia and Tibet.  It is the largest cat of its species.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

 

 

small wild cats list - fishing catFishing Cat
Can be found in various locations in South East Asia, including Java, Sumatra, Peninuslar Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Endangered.

 

 

small wild cats list - flat headed catFlat-headed Cat
Only found in Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia and the Islands of Borneo. Like the Cheetah, their claws do not fully retract.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Endangered.

 

 

small wild cat list - geoffreys catGeoffroy’s Cat
Primarily located in Argentina, some subspecies can be found in Paraguay, as well as Bolivia and Brazil. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Near Threatened.

 

 

small wild cat iberian lynxIberian Lynx
Inhabits the Iberian Peninsula in southwest Spain, considered by many the most endangered wild cat species in the world.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Critically Endangered.

 

 

small wild cat list - jaguarundiJaguarundi
Found in South America, and occasionally in Central America and Mexico. Mostly a lowland cat with a broad range.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

 

 

small wild cat list - jungle catJungle Cat
A small wild cat that lives in various Middle Eastern and Asian countries areas near water, including Egypt, Sir Lanka, Thailand, Indochina and Vietnam. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

 

 

small wild cats - kodkodKodkod | Guigna
Primarily inhabits the central and southern regions of Chile in forests. One of the two smallest wild cats in the world.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable.

 

 

small wild cat list - leopard catLeopard Cat
Inhabits the southern Asia, including China, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Bhutan and Brunei, usually in forests and jungles. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

 

 

ARKive photo - Male marbled cat   Marbled Cat
Lives in various countries throughout Asia, including Sumatra, Borneo and Malaysia. They dwell primarily in forests.   IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:Vulnerable.

 

small wild cat margay Margay
A tree dwelling cat that lives in forests from Mexico to Argentina. Deforestation has eliminated most margay habitats.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Near Threatened.

 

 

small wild cats list - ocelot Ocelot
The ocelot can be found in Latin America, including Mexico, Central America and South America, in areas with dense covers, such as forests.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

 

 

small wild cats list - oncillaOncilla | Little Spotted Cat
Found in North, Central and South America. A rare cat known by several names that has been vigorously hunted for its fur.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable.

 

 

small wild cat pallas cat Pallas’ Cat
Inhabits Central Asia, as well as Siberia, Tibet and Iran.  Named after Peter Pallas, a German naturalist.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Threatened.

 

 

ARKive photo - Pampas kittens in tree   Pampas Cat
Lives in South America’s Andes mountains in areas ranging from grasslands to swamps and forests. Their coat colors vary widely depending on the geographical location of their habitat.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Near Threatened.

 

small wild cat rusty spotted cat Rusty-spotted Cat
A small wild cat found in various areas throughout India, including forests, grasslands and scrub lands.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable.

 

 

small wild cats list - sand catSand Cat
A desert cat that inhabits Arabia, the Sahara, Morocco, Mauritania, Egypt and the Sudan. They are known for their snake hunting abilities.   IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Near Threatened.

 

 

small wild cats list - servalServal
An African cat that can be found in savannahs. Their names comes from the Portuguese word for “wolf-deer.”  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

 

 

small wild cats list - african wild catWildcat
Includes the African wildcat (photo), European wildcat and Asiatic wildcat. An ancestor of the domestic cat.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

Small Wild Cat Subspecies

Chinese Desert Cat | Chinese Mountain Cat:  An Asiatic wildcat found only in China. Very little information exists regarding this species.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable.

Iriomote Cat:  A subspecies of the Leopard Cat that inhabits the island of Iriomote in Japan. A population of only 250 Iriomote cats currently exists on the island.  IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Critically Endangered.

Scottish Wildcat:  Britain’s only remaining large wild predator. Less than 400 Scottish wildcats remain in the wild. The Scottish wildcat is critically endangered.

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