Asiatic Golden Cat – Cat 3 of 3 in the Bay Cat family

Asiatic Golden Cat – Cat 3 of 3 in the Bay Cat family

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Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii)

The Asiatic Golden Cat is one of the three wild cats in the Bay Cat family. The other two close relatives of this cat are the Borneo Bay Cat and the Marbled Cat. These small cats inhabit the forests of South East Asia and very little is known about them.

This medium sized cat occurs across a vast range in Asia yet occurrence is likely patchy and there are few density estimates. The Golden Cat is typically golden reddish (hence the name) but the species varies considerably in size, coat patterns and coloration across its range. Although it shares many physical traits with the African Golden Cat it is not closely related, and the two golden cats evolved in different lineages.

Deforestation within the region is a major threat to this forest dependent specialist, and there are increasing reports of this cat being poached as a substitute for tiger pelt and bones. Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii) - Bay Cat Lineage

Asiatic Golden Cat Audio

Listen to a short audio taken from the Asiatic Golden Cat chapter from The Wild Cat Book by Fiona and Mel Sunquist.

This excerpt covers the story of how taxonomists finally resolved the classification of the two golden cat species - Asian and African.


The Wild Cat Book - Sunquist

Asian Cats Podcast

Listen to this interesting podcast with Stuart Chapman about his quest to see all 40 wild cats and his close encounter with an Asiatic Golden Cat. He also gives an update on the Tiger x2 program and how people can contribute to wild cat conservation.

In Search of the World's Wild Cats - Stuart Chapman by The Think Wildlife podcast.

9 Observations of Asian Golden Cats on iNaturalist

As with many forest species that are in a habitat where it is very difficult to see wildlife, there are only 9 sighting of Asian Golden Cats on iNaturalist.

iNaturalist is a global platform for the public to upload images of wild creatures they have seen in nature. If you have any photos of natural biodiversity from your travels be sure to open an account and upload your images. Identification is verified by other members and the data can be used in future research. A great way to contribute to conservation and research!

Note there are images of dead animals in case you are a sensitive viewer.

Asian Golden Cat - India
iNaturalist Asian Golden Cat Observation India · © vanaavi · CC-BY-NC

Where to see Asiatic Golden Cats

A great place to get tips and read trip reports from people that have been on various tours to see wild cats is

Here is the list of recent trip reports to look for Asian Golden Cats and here is a list of ethical tour operators that offer wildlife trips to see cats in the wild in Asia.

If you know of anyone that may be interested in studying wild cats, please share this post with them.

There is a dire need for research on the lesser known smaller cats such as the Asiatic Golden Cat.

I would love to encourage as many budding zoologists as possible to specialize in these wonderful animals!

Many thanks!

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