|A list of African wild cats, together with information, is tabled below. The African continent has a land mass of 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq miles). It is 20.4% of the total land area of the world and is the home to over 1,000,000,000 people. It is 8,000 km (5,000 miles) from its most northly point to most southerly. It has a relatively smooth coastline. Human population growth is damaging the landscape (primarily deforestation) and the habitat of the extremely diverse range of animals found on the continent.
Sandwiched between the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea is what was called the Barbary coast, a rocky semi-arid desert where lions once roamed. Travelling south there is the vast Sahara desert and then south of that is what is referred to as sub-Saharan Africa. This is where the wild cats species are primarily found. At the equator there are still many tropical forests. Further south are grassy, flat highlands and coastal plains. There are ten mountains in Africa of 14,977 feet and above. The highest is Kilimanjaro at 19,342 feet.
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Wild Cat Species of Africa — Sources: All the maps in the table are created by me, Michael at PoC. At the top of page, the map is publshed under a Wikimedia commons license (derivative). This map was created by Martin23230 (username). At the bottom of the page, just above this text, the map was created by Ville Koistinen and is also a Wikimedia Commons file.