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Asian and African Golden Cats: Facts and Pictures

Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. She loves to study nature and write about living things.

Beautiful Wild Cats

Golden cats are beautiful, medium-sized wild cats that live in Asia and Africa. Unfortunately, their populations are classified as near threatened or vulnerable. The Asian or Asiatic golden cat lives in forests of Southeast Asia. The African golden cat lives in the rainforests of Central and Western Africa.

The animals are often golden in color, which gives them their name, but they may have red-brown, dark-brown, grey, or even black fur. The fur often has spots and stripes of a different color. Although the two species look quite similar to each other, there are actually many differences between them and they aren't closely related. Their common names are similar, but the animals belong to different genera.

African golden cats are very reclusive animals. Most sightings are either of dead animals or of ones filmed by camera traps. Little is known about the animals' lives beyond very basic information. No cats are kept in captivity at the moment, although a few have been in the past.

Asian golden cats are reclusive, but scientists know more about them they do about the African species. Some Asian cats live in captivity, where they can be photographed and studied. Much more needs to be discovered about their lives in the wild.

Like house cats, golden cats belong to the family Felidae. The family contains many species. The members of the family are often referred to by the general name "cat", even though they may be very different from the domestic animal.

Asian Golden Cat Classification

The Asian or Asiatic golden cat is sometimes known as Temminck's cat after the Dutch biologist Coenraad Temminck. He was the first person to describe the animal to western scientists. The animal is referred to by two scientific names: Catopuma temminckii and Pardofelis temminckii. The first name is more common today.

Different subspecies of the animal exist, but their names have varied over time. The Cat Specialist Group of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) made the following recommendation in 2017. The group says that only two subspecies of the Asian golden cat should be recognized: Catopuma temminckii temminckii in Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula and Catopuma temminckii moormensis in Nepal, Burma, China, Tibet, and Southeast Asia.

A captive Asian golden cat with meat

A captive Asian golden cat with meat

Physical Features of the Species

Asian golden cats are about two to three times larger than a large house cat. Although their fur is often golden or red brown, the coat has a surprising variety of color and pattern variations. This has contributed to the disagreements about subspecies identification.

In China, there is a heavily spotted form that resembles an ocelot. This form has also been seen in Bhutan. Some animals have rosettes rather than spots. A rosette is a light area surrounded by a darker border. Grey and black forms of the animal also exist. The coat's colors and patterns seem to be on a continuum, which creates a wide range of appearances. This feature is known as polymorphism.

Based on observations made so far, all of the cats have white or cream lines on their faces, even if their coat is plain and lacks spots. Many have black spots and stripes on a white background on their throat and chest.

The Life of an Asian Golden Cat

Asian golden cats are solitary animals in the wild. They are found in a variety of dry and moist forest types, including deciduous and evergreen forests and tropical rainforests. They've also been seen in areas with shrubs, on grassland, and even in open, rocky areas. They generally live a secretive life in the forest, however.

The animals can climb trees but usually hunt on the ground. They feed on rodents, birds, reptiles, and small deer. They are good hunters and can catch animals that are bigger than themselves.

It was once thought that the cats were nocturnal. With the aid of radio collars attached to two animals, scientists have found that they may be active during the day or the night.

Asian golden cats can produce a wide variety of sounds, including growls, hisses, gurgles, and purrs. They also communicate with other cats by marking their territory with urine and with chemicals from scent glands on their paws and face. Scent is released as an animal scratches and as it rubs its head against objects.

An Asian golden cat at the Edinburgh Zoo

An Asian golden cat at the Edinburgh Zoo

Reproduction

Asian golden cats produce their kittens in a burrow on the ground or in a hollow tree. Most of the details about the cats' reproduction has been obtained from captive animals. The animals may behave differently in the wild.

In captivity, the cats breed at any time of the year. The females are ready to breed at between 18 and 24 months of age. Males are sexually mature when they are about two years old. After a gestation period of around eighty-one days, between one and three kittens are born. Usually only one baby is born, however. The youngsters are weaned when they are six months old.

Range of the Species

In the wild, the Asian golden cat has a wide range. Despite this fact, it's classified as near threatened on the IUCN Red List. The animal has been seen in the following countries:

  • China
  • Tibet
  • Nepal
  • Northeast India
  • Bhutan
  • Bangladesh
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Lao PDR (Laos)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
Another Asian golden cat in a zoo

Another Asian golden cat in a zoo

Captive Animals

Since the golden cat population is in trouble in the wild, one goal of keeping the Asian species in captivity—at least at reputable organizations—is to produce kittens. Unfortunately, it has been difficult to get the animals to breed because they are very aggressive towards each other. There have been some deaths after introducing males and females and some parents have killed their kittens.

On April 17th, 2013, a captive Asian golden cat gave birth to a male and female kitten after artificial insemination. This process hadn't been used in golden cats before. The birth took place at Allwetter Zoo in Munster, Germany. The mother took care of the male kitten, but since she was ignoring the female this baby was hand reared. The siblings were allowed to play together indoors while their mother was in the outdoor enclosure. The knowledge gained in the creation and care of these kittens may be very useful in the future.

Golden Cat Vital Statistics

FeatureAsian Golden CatAfrican Golden Cat

Length

Head and body length of 26 to 41 inches

Head and body length of 24 to 40 inches

Height

Up to 22 inches at the shoulder

Up to 20 inches at the shoulder

Weight

25 to 35 pounds

24 to 30 pounds

Longevity

Up to 20 years in captivity

Up to 12 years in captivity (based on limited data)

Another Asian golden cat (perhaps a young one)

Another Asian golden cat (perhaps a young one)

The African Golden Cat

An African golden cat is about twice the size of a large domestic cat. Like the Asian species, it's known by two scientific names. One is Caracal aurata and the other, which is less common today, is Profelis aurata.

The animals have a variety of colors. They are often golden or orange red but may be red brown, grey, or black. Their face appears to lack the white lines of the Asian cat, or at least the lines aren't as distinct. The animals have a small head in relation to the size of their body. The belly has dark blotches on a light background.

African golden cats are solitary and territorial. They are thought to mark their territory as the Asian species does. The African cats seem to be mainly nocturnal, but they have been seen hunting during the day. They live in tropical rainforests of Equatorial Africa.

Analysis of feces suggests that rodents are the main component of the animals' diet. They also catch other prey, including birds, small monkeys, and duikers (a type of antelope).

Producing Kittens

The gestation period of the African golden cat is (apparently) 73 days to 78 days. One or two babies are born in a hidden den. The kittens appear to be weaned between the ages of three and four months. Females may reach reproductive maturity at around eleven months of age and males at around eighteen months. The data related to reproduction came from a captive pair who had multiple litters.

An Elusive Animal and a Camera Trap

Many of the photos and videos of the African golden cat have been obtained by an organization called Panthera. The goal of this organization is to save the wild cat populations of the world. It has set up camera traps in areas that are believed to be frequented by golden cats and has obtained some interesting results.

A camera "trap" doesn't hurt animals; it's simply a place where a camera is triggered to take photos or film without human input. A trap may use a motion sensor, an infrared sensor, or a light beam to trigger the camera when something moves in front of it. The footage that's obtained is valuable for scientists and for the public. The videos of the African golden cat enable us to see what the animal looks like and observe some of its behavior.

Distribution of the African golden cat

Distribution of the African golden cat

The following symbols are used in the IUCN Red List.

LC: Least Concern

NT: Near Threatened

VU: Vulnerable

EN: Endangered

CR: Critically Endangered

EW: Extinct in the Wild

EX: Extinct

Population Status of Golden Cats

The population of the Asian golden cat is classified as Near Threatened on the Red List established by the IUCN. The list categorizes animals according to their nearness to extinction. The African golden cat is classified in the Vulnerable category. Its situation is considered to be more serious than that of the Asian species. It's hard to get an accurate population count for the animals since they usually avoid the presence of humans, but all the signs indicate that their numbers are decreasing.

The forests in which the animals live are being destroyed and fragmented to provide land for agriculture. This is thought to be the main reason for the cats' population decline, as it is for many other species. Fragmentation is dangerous for a population if animals are unable to travel between the "islands" of habitat. It can isolate the animals, preventing mating or reducing diversity and genetic vigor in a population.

The Asian cat is suffering from both habitat destruction and heavy hunting for its gorgeous fur. It's also hunted for its bones, which are valuable in traditional Chinese medicine. The cat is legally protected in much of its range, but illegal hunting occurs. Both the Asian and the African cats are sometimes killed because they attack domestic animals such as chicken, goats, and sheep.

It's interesting that even in this day and age there are still large animals that are mysterious. Losing the beautiful African and Asian golden cats would be very sad, especially before we've got to know them properly.

References

  • A revised taxonomy of the Felidae (PDF document) from the Cat Specialist Group of the IUCN
  • Asian golden cat information from the International Society for Endangered Cats
  • Facts about Catopuma temminckii from the IUCN Red List
  • Coat color in the Asian golden cat from Mongobay
  • Successful zoo breeding of the Asiatic golden cat from Scientific American
  • African golden cat facts from the International Society for Endangered Cats
  • Information about a camera trap film of the African species from The Guardian newspaper
  • Information about Caracal aurata from the IUCN Red List

© 2013 Linda Crampton

Comments

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 04, 2018:

Hi, Janet. I do say in the second paragraph that the two cats are not closely related and I do give their scientific names, but thank you for sharing more information about their lineage.

Janet on November 04, 2018:

They're beautiful - and what humans have done through poaching, hunting, and destruction of their natural habitats is tragic. Just for the record, though, the Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii, syn. Pardofelis temminckii) is of bay cat lineage, while the African golden cat (Caracal aurata) is of caracal lineage. The name "golden cat" can lead to confusion, but the two are not closely related.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 17, 2014:

Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, Adventure Travels. I appreciate the pin a great deal, too.

Giovanna from UK on December 17, 2014:

Very interesting. I love the Golden Cat video. Excellent hub. Pinned etc.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 17, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, Eddy. I appreciate the vote and the share, too!

Eiddwen from Wales on September 17, 2013:

What a great hub Alicia; one gorgeous animal and I am so glad I came across it.

Voted up plus shared.

Eddy.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 2013:

Thanks, DDE. I appreciate all your visits to my hubs.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 30, 2013:

These cats are different but have similar attitudes, and are fierce in their hunting. A useful hub for many readers, and lots of thought put into

African and Asian Golden Cats - Facts and Pictures, a a chose n hub of the day it sounds a successful one.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 13, 2013:

Hi, traderjim. Thanks for the comment! The cats would be dangerous if a human got too close to a wild animal. They're safe to watch from a distance, though. They don't seek out humans to attack. They'd rather stay out of our way!

traderjim on June 13, 2013:

This hub is very informative, thank you!

Do you think these cats are dangerous to humans?

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 11, 2013:

It is amazing how cats can be so secretive! Panthera is an interesting organization. Any group that attempts to save wildlife is worth investigating. Thank you for the comment and the congratulations, Sid.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 11, 2013:

Thank you very much, Sue. I appreciate all your support!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 11, 2013:

Thanks for the link, Carolyn. I'll be visiting soon. Thanks for the share, too. Saving Scottish wildcats is definitely an important issue!

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on June 11, 2013:

Thanks for sharing a wonderful article on these cats. Cats of all kinds have been a favorite of mine since I was a child. It is amazing how they can live such hidden lives. Also interesting to note that these wild cats, like domestic cats, show a very variegated range of colors and patterns, unlike the more well-known large cats (lions, tigers, puma, panther, mountain lion, etc.), which have more regular patterns.

I want to highlight the conservation groups Panthera, mentioned in your video, which seeks to protect wild cats of all types.

Congrats on Hub of the Day.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on June 11, 2013:

Interesting and beautiful pictures; as ever a very comprehensive hub. Voted up and shared.

Carolyn Emerick on June 11, 2013:

I'll look for your wildcat hub! I didn't link my page bc I didn't want to be "spammy", but it's such an important issue as so many people have never heard of these wildcats and its important to spread awareness. I'll share your wildcat post on my page top :-) https://www.facebook.com/TheHighlandTiger?ref=hl

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment and the share, Carolyn. I have a hub about the Scottish wildcat, too, and am very interested in saving it. I'll look for your Facebook page!

Carolyn Emerick on June 10, 2013:

I love this!! I fell in love with the Scottosh Wildcat this year and it is one of the worlds most endangered animals facing extinction this year. I have a FB page dedicated to saving it and one of my first hubs was on it, and I've been interested in other wildcats (other than the typical "big cats") ever since! There are so many that people don't know about and most are endangered :-( I will share this post! Thank you for the information!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you very much, MJennifer! I appreciate your comment. It is very interesting to see the similarities in behavior between pet cats and wild cats. They can be both graceful and athletic, as you say!

Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on June 10, 2013:

As someone who, for the first time in a multi-decade life, has just acquired cats in the form of two amazing kittens, I've gained a new appreciation for the feline world -- and thus enjoyed your hub greatly. I'm fascinated by their graceful athleticism and the poetry of their movement. I'd never heard of the wild Golden Cats you've described, and am struck by their beauty. Thank you for introducing them to me with your beautifully-done hub. Attagirl on the HOTD -- well done and well earned! -- MJ

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, greatstuff. Yes, breeding golden cats in captivity does have an important role to play in their survival, although as you say, it's not an ideal situation. Thanks for the comment and the congratulations!

Mazlan from Malaysia on June 10, 2013:

Since most of these wild lives including the African and Asian Golden Cats are continuously being hunted and threatened to the point of extinction (in their natural habitat) the next best thing is to breed them in captivity, like in the zoo. Not the most ideal situation, but probably a better option?

Congrats on the HOTD award. Great hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thanks for the vote and the lovely comment, Rose!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, Bwilson217. Thank you for the comment!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you for the congratulations and the votes, Kawi!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you so much for the second comment and the congratulations, Bill! I appreciate them both.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 10, 2013:

This is such an informative, well written and visually appealing article on the African and Asian Golden Cats. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this great piece of work. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on HOTD! (Voted Up) -Rose

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

I love cats too, Say Yes to Life (as well as other animals)! Exotic pets are actually very hard to care for and keep happy. It's probably best to admire golden cats in the wild or in a zoo which provides good living conditions for the cats. Thanks for the comment!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you for the comment, vertualit.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, Paradise7. Some golden cats do resemble other wild cats. I think that all golden cats - and the other wild cats - are very impressive animals!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you for the comment and the congratulations, Stephanie!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thanks, Carola. I've never been to the Cincinnati Zoo. it sounds like a very interesting place to visit!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you very much for the congratulations and the comment, Cynthia.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, anita. Yes, golden cats are beautiful. I hope they survive. Thank you very much for the visit.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, Mary. There are so many animals that I'd love to see, too! Thank you very much for the vote and the share.

Barbara El Wilson from Washington, DC on June 10, 2013:

Very informative!

Kawika Chann from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place on June 10, 2013:

Nicely done Alicia - cat looks like just a bigger house cat... lol. Congrats on HOTD. Upvoted/awesome/following. Peace. Kawi.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 10, 2013:

I'm back to congratulate you on the Hub of the Day! Well deserved my friend. Bravo!

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on June 10, 2013:

Thanks for this wonderful hub! I'm a huge cat lover myself. I wonder if the Golden Cat can be tamed as a pet?

Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on June 10, 2013:

Very informative hub. Thanks for sharing..

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on June 10, 2013:

They are really beautiful animals. They look like leopards to me. I hope they are preserved. They are endangered like many forest animals as civilization encroaches on their habitat. It doesn't help that they are such solitary animals.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on June 10, 2013:

This is very informative and useful. The face of these golden cats reminds me a bit of ocelots. Congratulations on your Hub of the Day!

Carola Finch from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Beautiful article and well done. One of the best collections of wild cats I have seen are at the Cinncinati Zoo in Ohio. Worth taking in for cat lovers.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on June 10, 2013:

Congratulations on HOTD Alicia and thank you for introducing me to golden cats. I'd never heard of them before, so thank you for your great information

anita saran on June 10, 2013:

Excellent informative hub. What a beautiful animal. I hope it makes it out of the endangered list and I hope people stop breeding uncontrollably, and occupying space that is required by our fellow creatures.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 10, 2013:

You just introduced me to a new cat! These are beautiful. Africa is on my "bucket list". There are so many animals I'd like to see.

Congrats on a great HOTD. Well deserving. I enjoyed your photos, too.

Voted UP and shared.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, epbooks. Yes, golden cats are beautiful! Thank you for the comment and the votes.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you, ComfortB. I appreciate the congratulations! I hope that the hunting of golden cats stops, too.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 10, 2013:

I hadn't heard of these cats before reading your hub. They certainly are beautiful- I love the pictures as well. Voted up -interesting and beautiful.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on June 10, 2013:

This is a great hub of vital information on a cat species that isn't well known. I hope the hunting stops so we can have these beauties around to balance nature.

Congrats on a well deserved HOTD award! :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you, RTalloni. I appreciate your comment.

RTalloni on June 10, 2013:

Congrats on your Hub of the Day fort his interesting look at golden cats. Clearly, there are several factors at work against the preservation of this animal, but it's good to know that efforts continue. Thanks, too, for posting several photos of this beautiful cat.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment and the congratulations, Peg. Writing about golden cats is interesting!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 10, 2013:

Congratulations, AliciaC, on Hub Of the Day. This article is truly deserving of that award. These cats are truly fascinating creatures and you've really captured their alure with detailed facts, pictures, videos and maps. Quite interesting.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, Suzie. Thank you very much for the comment, the votes and the share!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thanks for the comment and the congratulations, Kathryn. I appreciate your visit!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, Sheila. I agree - it is a great shame that human activity is endangering so many types of wildlife. Thank you so much for the comment, the links, the votes and the pin! I appreciate them all.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Hi, bestcattree. Thank you for the comment. It is very interesting to think about the lesser known animals!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thanks for the visit, the comment and the congratulations, TenSplash!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thanks for the congratulations and the vote, moonlake. I hope that golden cats can be protected, too.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thanks for the comment and the votes, jabelufiroz!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you very much, Jared. I appreciate the comment and the congratulations.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

That sounds like a very interesting video, SandCastles! I'll look for it.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2013:

Thank you very much for the lovely comment and the congratulations, MJ!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on June 10, 2013:

Congrats Alicia on a really deserving HOTD.

Lovely interesting article on this beautiful cat, hopefully it will not become extinct or so endangered we loose another gorgeous animal. Voted up, useful, interesting, shared!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 10, 2013:

Congrats on winning HOTD! It's nice to see a familiar face win it.

This is a beautiful article. It's full of facts and stunning pictures of these graceful animals. Thank you for sharing this with us. It looks like you did quite a bit of research to put this together.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 10, 2013:

What a wonderful hub, Alicia! I always enjoy learning more about the world's wildlife. It is a shame there are so many species of animals that are either endangered or close to being endangered due to us humans. Let's hope that bringing attention to these animals can be of some help. I would like to add a link to this hub in my hubs on the serval and the caracal, as well as on my wildlife blog. Great job here! Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Voted up, useful, interesting and pinning! :)

Donald from Florida on June 10, 2013:

I had never heard of this type of cat before this hub. It is amazing the golden cats resemblance to tigers. I really loved this hub and the information is great. It is interesting to think about the animals that we don't see everyday that exist out there. Thanks again!

TenSplash from Scotland on June 10, 2013:

Interesting hub. Nicely researched and written. Good job. Congrats on getting HOTD.

moonlake from America on June 10, 2013:

Congrats on HOTD. Great hub. Beautiful cats. It's to bad they are endangered and hope something can be done. Voted up

Firoz from India on June 10, 2013:

Nice article. Worth hub of the day... Voted up and useful.

Jared Miles from Australia on June 10, 2013:

Some beautiful and inspirational imagery of equally beautiful and inspirational creatures. Thanks for some great-quality education AliciaC, and congrats on a HOTD award.

SandCastles on June 10, 2013:

Beautiful cats! People have to stop going after animals for their fur; it is terrible. Watch Kids In The Hall, "TRAPPER" on youtube (French Canadian trappers trap business people to take their suits).

mjkearn on June 10, 2013:

Hi Alicia

Congratulations on HOTD. So well deserved for such a wonderful hub.

Stunning animals and stunning article. Thanks for sharing.

MJ.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 02, 2013:

Hi, Deb. Yes, helping endangered animals can be a difficult task. Like you, I hope the situation improves for golden cats. Thank you for the thoughtful and interesting comment.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 02, 2013:

Sadly, human intervention is doing more native things than positive. Habitat loss has always been a big problem, especially in the areas that you are addressing. If kittens can be raised in captivity, that will be a partial positive step, but these animals cannot be released into the wild. They cannot cope. Raising and impregnating these animals in captivity is a chore, since these animals don't like humans. I hope it works out, as we cannot afford to lose any more animals.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Thank you for the comment and the votes, truthfornow! Like you, I very much hope that these cats can be saved.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on June 01, 2013:

Hope we are able to save these beautiful cats. Thanks for the education. Voted up and useful.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Hi, Seeker7. It's always sad when an animal population is in trouble, but I think it's especially so when an animal is little known. There is so much more to discover about the golden cats and their lives! Thank you for the comment, the vote and the share - I appreciate them all.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Hi, Tom. Thanks for the votes and the share! Golden cats are beautiful. It's interesting to learn about them.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Thank you for such a detailed and interesting comment, Suhail and my dog. I agree with you - poaching for medical reasons or obtaining fur is something that definitely requires revolutionary methods to change people's mindset.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on June 01, 2013:

What beautiful animals and a very interesting hub about them. It's the first of me really finding out about these remarkable cats and what interesting animals they are! It's always so sad though to hear that yet another species are just about endangered - what a sad loss this would be!

Beautiful hub + voted up + shared!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on June 01, 2013:

Hi my friend, such an interesting article on these beautiful Asian and African cats. Loved all the awesome photos of these beautiful cats . Well done !

Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on June 01, 2013:

Thank you Alicia for covering a less known feline species. This hub was very informative.

As a wildlife conservationist (but not an animal right activist), I try my best to get involved with conservation of our endangered fauna. I was a bit less concerned about the declining status of golden cats, because I had thought that they are found in economically developed and socially conscious countries of southeast Asia. This was a wrong assumption considering the fact that 75% of the time I am doing something for protecting gray wolves found in the USA and Canada.

The biggest problem I see confronting our precious wildlife is poaching for pseudo medical reasons. Habitat destruction can be controlled through making national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, but poaching for medical reasons and fur is plain sickness of mind and need some revolutionary counter-measures.

Thank you again for sharing an excellent hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Thank you for the comment, Peter. It's very interesting to hear from someone who has personal experience with golden cats!

Peter Dickinson from South East Asia on June 01, 2013:

Thank you for your interesting article. I have previously worked with the African Golden Cat. Very rarely saw it active during the day. I have seen a few dozen of the Asians in collections on my travels including an albino in Laos.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Thank you very much for the vote and the share, Sue. I agree - golden cats are beautiful!

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on June 01, 2013:

What amazingly beautiful cats these are. Marvellous hub. voted up and shared with my followers.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Thank you very much, Eddy. I hope that you enjoy your weekend too!

Eiddwen from Wales on June 01, 2013:

A brilliant share Alicia.

Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Thanks for the visit, Rebecca. I appreciate your comment!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2013:

Thank you very much for the vote, the share and the pin, Bill. I hope that golden cats do survive. They are wonderful animals.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 01, 2013:

It was nice learning about this fascinating animal. I hope they don't become extinct. Thanks for introducing us to the golden cat!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 01, 2013:

Hi Alicia. What a beautiful animal. I had not heard of this cat before reading your Hub so thank you for educating me. We need to somehow protect these beautiful creature so future generations can enjoy their beauty. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc..

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 31, 2013:

Thank you very much, Frank! It's so nice to meet you.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 31, 2013:

My goodness what a beautiful hub on these beautiful creatures

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 31, 2013:

Hi, drbj. Thanks for the visit! Golden cats aren't very well known. They are interesting animals, though.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 31, 2013:

Thanks, Alicia, for the interesting introduction to Asian and African cats. When I read the title, I thought I would be learning more about cats like tigers and leopards and such. Who knew!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 31, 2013:

Thank you, iguidenetwork. I appreciate your visit and votes.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on May 31, 2013:

Indeed, and rather mysterious cats. Thanks for offering us information about them and their habits. Up and useful. :)

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