Which Wildcats are Endangered or Threatened?

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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 LeopardEndangeredI2
Leopard, AmurP.p.orientalisEndangeredI
TigerEndangeredI2
Leopard, ArabianP.p.nimrEndangeredI
Cougar, FloridaP.c.coryiEndangeredI
Cheetah, AsiaticA.j.venaticusEndangeredI3
Lion, AsiaticP.l.persicaEndangeredI3
LeopardP.p.jarvisiEndangeredI
Andean Mountain CatRareI2
Black-footed CatI2
Flat-headed CatI2
Bay CatRareII2
KodkodII2
African Golden CatI2
CheetahVulnerableI3
Clouded LeopardVulnerableI3
JaguarVulnerableI3
Litle Spotted CatVulnerableI3
Marbled CatI3
Rusty-Spotted CatP.r.rubignosisI3
Iriomote CatI
LeopardVulnerableI5a
OcelotVulnerableI5a
BobcatL.r.escuinapaeI
LynxLynx.lynxI
CaracalC.c.michaelisRareI
Leopard CatP.b.bengalensisI
Chinese Desert CatII2
Fishing CatII2
Asian Golden CatII3
LionII3
Rusty-Spotted CatII3
Sand CatF.m.sheffeliEndangeredII4
MargayVulnerableI4
Geoffrey’s CatII4
LynxL.canadensisII4
Pallas CatII4
ServalII4
BobcatII5a
CougarII5a
Pampas CatII5a
CaracalII5b
Jungle CatII5b
Leopard CatII5b
JaguarundiII5c
Wild CatII5c



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.


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