This endangered cat species list shows all the wild cat species and certain subspecies by Endangered Status.

The list is sorted from the most severe Endangered Status to the least severe, according to the IUCN Red List extinction risk categories.

Any regional assessments are indicated, otherwise the status shown is at the global level.

The subspecies listed have been assessed separately as they are more threatened than the rest of that particular species.

The taxonomy used on the IUCN Red List for Felidae is still generally based on Mammal Species of the World Edition 3 (2005), with some species updates as per the revised Felidae taxonomy of 2017.

Click on the Common Name to find that cat's assessment under the Facts and Information section.

An 'a' next to the Year Published means it is an amended version of the last published assessment, i.e. a new assessment was not conducted.

This list is updated annually in November.

List reference: IUCN 2023. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2022-2. <>. 13 Nov 2023.

Background image: Chart of Big Cats by UniCheek on Etsy.


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Felidae Endangered Status List @ November 2023

Species / SubspeciesCommon Name
Endangered StatusAssessment
Population Trend
EX Extinct
Panthera tigris balicaBali TigerEX2008not applicable
Panthera tigris sondaicaJavan TigerEX2008not applicable
Panthera tigris virgataCaspian TigerEX2011not applicable
RE Regionally Extinct
Panthera leoLion
RE2010not applicable
Panthera tigrisTiger
RE2010not applicable
CR Critically Endangered
Acinonyx jubatus heckiNorthwest African CheetahCR2008decreasing
Acinonyx jubatus venaticusAsiatic CheetahCR2008stable
Leptailurus servalServal
Lynx lynx balcanicusBalkan LynxCR2015stable
Panthera pardusLeopard
Panthera pardus delacouriIndochinese LeopardCR2019decreasing
Panthera tigris amoyensisSouth China TigerCR2008unknown
Panthera tigris jacksoniMalayan TigerCR2015decreasing
Panthera tigris sumatraeSumatran TigerCR2008decreasing
Prionailurus bengalensis iriomotensisIriomote CatCR2015decreasing
EN Endangered
Acinonyx jubatusCheetah
Catopuma badiaBorneo Bay CatEN2016decreasing
Leopardus jacobitaAndean CatEN2016decreasing
Lynx lynxEurasian Lynx
Lynx pardinusIberian LynxEN2015increasing
Neofelis diardi borneensisBornean Clouded LeopardEN2008decreasing
Neofelis diardi diardiSumatran Clouded LeopardEN2008decreasing
Panthera leo persicaAsiatic LionEN2008stable
Panthera pardus melasJavan LeopardEN2021decreasing
Panthera tigrisTigerEN2015, 2022decreasing
Panthera tigris altaicaAmur TigerEN2011stable
Panthera tigris corbettiIndochinese TigerEN2011decreasing
Panthera tigris tigrisBengal TigerEN2011decreasing
Prionailurus planicepsFlat-headed CatEN2015decreasing
VU Vulnerable
Acinonyx jubatusCheetahVU2015, 2022decreasing
Caracal aurataAfrican Golden CatVU2015decreasing
Felis bietiChinese Mountain CatVU2015, 2022decreasing
Felis nigripesBlack-footed CatVU2016decreasing
Leopardus guignaGuiña, KodkodVU2015decreasing
Leopardus guttulusSouthern Tiger CatVU2016decreasing
Leopardus tigrinusNorthern Tiger CatVU2016decreasing
Neofelis diardiSunda Clouded LeopardVU2015decreasing
Neofelis nebulosaMainland Clouded LeopardVU
Panthera leoLionVU2016decreasing
Panthera pardusLeopardVU2016, 2019a, 2020adecreasing
Panthera pardus kotiya Sri Lankan LeopardVU2020decreasing
Panthera unciaSnow LeopardVU2017decreasing
Prionailurus bengalensis raboriVisayan Leopard CatVU2008decreasing
Prionailurus viverrinusFishing CatVU2016decreasing
NT Near Threatened
Caracal caracalCaracal
Catopuma temminckiiAsiatic Golden CatNT2015decreasing
Felis margaritaSand Cat
Leopardus colocolaPampas CatNT2016decreasing
Leopardus wiediiMargayNT2015decreasing
Panthera oncaJaguarNT2017decreasing
Pardofelis marmorataMarbled CatNT2016decreasing
Prionailurus rubiginosusRusty-spotted CatNT2016decreasing
LC Least Concern
Caracal caracalCaracalLC2016unknown
Felis chausJungle CatLC2016, 2021adecreasing
Felis margaritaSand CatLC2016unknown
Felis lybicaAfro-Asiatic WildcatLC2022unknown
Felis silvestrisEuropean WildcatLC2022decreasing
Felis silvestrisWildcat
Felis silvestrisWildcat
Herpailurus yagouaroundiJaguarundiLC2015decreasing
Leopardus geoffroyiGeoffroy's CatLC2015stable
Leopardus pardalisOcelotLC2015decreasing
Leptailurus servalServalLC2015, 2019astable
Lynx canadensisCanada LynxLC2016stable
Lynx lynxEurasian LynxLC2015stable
Lynx lynxEurasian Lynx
LC2018, 2020astable
Lynx rufusBobcatLC2016stable
Otocolobus manulPallas's Cat, ManulNT
Prionailurus bengalensisLeopard CatLC2015, 2022stable
Puma concolorPuma, Mountain Lion, CougarLC2015decreasing
DD Data Deficient
Felis chausJungle Cat
Species Reclassified
Felis silvestrisWildcatLC2015decreasing

Felidae Endangered Status Updates - Nov 2016 to Nov 2023

Dec 2022 to Nov 2023

No new assessments.

No assessments as yet for re-classified species:

Dec 2021 to Nov 2022

New assessments:

The Wildcat assessments are the first assessments since Felis silvestris (all Wildcats) was reclassified into Felis lybica (Afro-Asiatic Wildcat) and Felis silvestris (European Wildcat) in 2017.

No assessment as yet for Sunda Leopard Cat (Prionailurus javanensis).

Dec 2020 to Nov 2021

New assessments:

Amended assessments:

No assessments as yet for African-Asian Wildcat (Felis lybica) or Sunda Leopard Cat (Prionailurus javanensis).

Dec 2019 to Nov 2020

  • Pallas's Cat (Otocolobus manul) - assessed 2019, published 2020 - Near Threatened to Least Concern and trend still Decreasing.
  • Serval (Leptailurus serval) - 2019a - amended version of 2015 publication.
  • Leopard (Panthera pardus) - 2020a - amended version of 2019a - amended version of 2016 publication.
    • Indochinese Leopard (Panthera pardus delacouri) - assessed 2019, published 2019 - Critically Endangered and trend Decreasing.
    • Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) - assessed 2019, published 2020 - Vulnerable and trend Decreasing.
  • No assessments as yet for African-Asian Wildcat (Felis lybica) or Sunda Leopard Cat (Prionailurus javanensis).

Dec 2018 to Nov 2019

Dec 2017 to Nov 2018

Dec 2016 to Nov 2017

  • Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) assessed 2016, published 2017 - Endangered to Vulnerable and trend Decreasing.
  • Jaguar (Panthera onca) assessed 2016, published 2017 - remains Near Threatened and trend Decreasing.


See Wild Cat Lists for more lists.

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