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List of Wildcats that are Endangered or Threatened

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The following table has been compiled using three sources – IUCN Red List, CITES and the Cat Specialist Group (CSG) and is ranked in approximate order of vulnerability. The entries have been analysed and sorted to provide an overview of all three sources. In some cases specific sub-species are more endangered than the species in general and these have been listed, along with their scientific name as separate entries. For further information regarding the specific categorisation of the various sources, see notes at the foot of the table. 


SpeciesSubspeciesIUCNCitesCSG
Lynx, SpanishLynx.pardinusEndangeredI1
Snow Leopard-EndangeredI2
Leopard, AmurP.p.orientalisEndangeredI-
Tiger-EndangeredI2
Leopard, ArabianP.p.nimrEndangeredI-
Cougar, FloridaP.c.coryiEndangeredI-
Cheetah, AsiaticA.j.venaticusEndangeredI3
Lion, AsiaticP.l.persicaEndangeredI3
LeopardP.p.jarvisiEndangeredI-
Andean Mountain Cat-RareI2
Black-footed Cat--I2
Flat-headed Cat--I2
Bay Cat-RareII2
Kodkod--II2
African Golden Cat--I2
Cheetah-VulnerableI3
Clouded Leopard-VulnerableI3
Jaguar-VulnerableI3
Litle Spotted Cat-VulnerableI3
Marbled Cat--I3
Rusty-Spotted CatP.r.rubignosis-I3
Iriomote Cat--I-
Leopard-VulnerableI5a
Ocelot-VulnerableI5a
BobcatL.r.escuinapae-I-
LynxLynx.lynx-I-
CaracalC.c.michaelisRareI-
Leopard CatP.b.bengalensis-I-
Chinese Desert Cat--II2
Fishing Cat--II2
Asian Golden Cat--II3
Lion--II3
Rusty-Spotted Cat--II3
Sand CatF.m.sheffeliEndangeredII4
Margay-VulnerableI4
Geoffrey’s Cat--II4
LynxL.canadensis-II4
Pallas Cat--II4
Serval--II4
Bobcat--II5a
Cougar--II5a
Pampas Cat--II5a
Caracal--II5b
Jungle Cat--II5b
Leopard Cat--II5b
Jaguarundi--II5c
Wild Cat--II5c



Notes

The Red List compiled by the IUCN (World Conservation Union) containing animals who are threatened. Most of the wild cat species are listed under the headings of Endangered, Vulnerable, Threatened, Rare, Least Concern and Data Deficient.

CITES lists all species under threat in its Appendix 1, 2 and 3. Appendix 1 lists those species threatened with extinction and forbids trade, whilst Appendix 2 lists species that may become extinct if trade is not controlled.

The Cat Specialist Group, part of the IUCN, comprise of over 160 specialist in the field of wild cats and their conservation. The CSG have formulated a global ranking of cat species vulnerability based on statistical analysis of habitat, geographic range, body size relating to population density and hunting pressure. Species are ranked from 1 through to 5a,5b and 5c, with the ranking of 1 being the most threatened.