African Golden Cats http://bigcatrescue.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/GoldenCat-2015.mp3 (see Asian below) Common Name: African Golden Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Profelis) Species: aurata Photo By: Christina Loke Misc.: This cat was originally classified as 2 distinct species due to color variations. The red phase was called the “Golden” cat, while the gray phase was called the “Silver” cat. Today, they are recognized as a single species with 2 color variations. It is referred to in some areas as “the Leopard’s brother” because they inhabit the same area. Sub-species: P.a. aurata – Central and East Africa P.a. celidogaster – West Africa Size and Appearance: This medium sized cat weighs between 24-30 pounds, stands approximately 20 inches tall and reaches lengths of 30-57 inches. As mentioned above, their coat color appears in 2 phases – red and gray. All black (melanistic) cats have been known to occur as well. Their pattern can also vary greatly from spotted all over, to indistinct spots on neck and back, no pattern on neck and back but on legs and belly, or to spots on the belly only. Habitat: Predominately found in moist forest zones including mangrove and alpine bamboo forests. There have also been unconfirmed reports of it inhabiting savannah woodlands. Distribution: Equatorial Africa. Reproduction and Offspring: Unknown. One instance of a tribesman finding a den found a mother with 1 kitten. Some reports of captive animals indicate a gestation approximately 78 days, with newborns weighing 6.5-8 ounces at birth. Eyes open around 6 days; they are weaned between 3-4 months, and reach sexual maturity around 23 months. In...
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