The black-footed cat range (at 2009) is shown in an embedded map below. This small format website cannot show it all at once. However, it can be moved around in the window by holding down left click and moving the mouse. It can also be zoomed. The map is based on the IUCN Red List map. This should be the most current map. I feel that all wild cat range maps need refining or at least constant attention as often the information for the map is possibly incomplete or not that comprehensive and in any event things change. This is usually habitat loss and fragmentation. The original map from which this one is shown here can be accessed on this page on the Google website: Black-footed Cat Range 2009.
For the reasons mentioned, this map can be refined by anyone wishing to try. Obviously you will need to know more than the team at the IUCN Red List! And you will need to know how to adjust the map, which by the way is easy. Here is a video about Google My Maps in case you are unfamiliar with this fantastic free product:
Black-footed Cat Range Map
OK – here is the map….
Black-footed Cat Range in Words
The range is very limited compared to most other wild cat species, confined as it is to the base of the African continent. The range crosses into these countries:
- Namibia (the country, incidentally, that is a “hot spot”
for the cheetah)
- Angola (southern most boundary)
- Zimbabwe (just – western boundary)
- Lesoto (just but presence is uncertain)
- South Africa
The black-footed range contains dry, open habitats with some vegetative cover. These are almost waterless habitats and the cat gets the water it needs from the prey (animals have a high percentage of water content as do humans).
The black-footed cat is understandably (bearing in mind its size) a very defensive cat and hides during the day in abandoned burrows or dense brush and is active at night. And they are very much active at night, moving, it is thought, over large areas in hunting. Their hunting skills are refined to accommodate the lack of cover. They can flatten themselves to the ground very effectively and hide behind what little cover is available as best as is possible. The black-footed cat is well camouflaged.
They are not that interested in climbing but they are vigorous and energetic diggers confirming that they are very much terrestrial as opposed to arboreal.
The name comes from the soles of the feet, which are black. The African wildcat also has black paw pads.