Asian Leopard Cat

Range – Distribution – Habitat as at June 2009

This is constantly changing i.e. shrinking. The three sources of information that I have on this come from Wikipedia, IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ (Red List) and the book, Wild Cats of the World and all differ. The book was published in 2002 so things have changed since then as there is the inevitable habitat loss due to human activity and in the case of the Asian leopard cat widespread loss of life due to “harvesting” (sorry I prefer the less euphemistic term, killing) for pelts (again a euphemism for the animal’s skin and fur). I set out the three sources, the most reliable and up to date will be the Red List map (which I cannot publish here but the one below is based on it). The maps are thumbnails, please click on them. The range is indicated in green.:

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My version of the IUCN Red List Map (2009)
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Wild Cats of the World map. Note this is my version of the map. Please see the book for complete accuracy
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Wikipedia version of the Asian leopard cat range. This is an exact reproduction under their license.
Two useful tags. Click either to see the articles:- Toxic to cats | Dangers to cats

 
The Red List map of the range of this cat species indicates loss of habitat or unsuitable habitat and over hunting along the coastal regions of Southern China and in the centre of India amongst other areas. This cat occupies the following countries:

Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; Hong Kong; India; Indonesia (Jawa, Kalimantan, Sumatera); Japan (Nansei-shoto); Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Russian Federation; Singapore; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Viet Nam (src: Red List).

Update 19-8-09: I have created a new interactive open collaboration map using Google My Maps. The map below is a small embedded version of it. You can see a new page on this cat’s distribution and more info and pics here: Leopard cat range.

What does it look like on the ground in these regions? Take the Indonesian forest:

indonesian forest

Thumbnail Photo: by timekin

8 thoughts on “Asian Leopard Cat”

  1. All that I want, is a purebred Asian Leopard Cat ,….in the 9 1/2, 10 to pound range, for a ((pet))! I already have a Bangel and he has been a pet for about (14) years, so I know a ‘Bangle’, being called an Asian Leopard Cat, in my sleep, lol, lol. Both of my Cousins have Female Mountain Lions, as pets and one frequently lets his kids play around them, etc. No, I don’t want the ‘lecture’ about it,my mom also has a Tabby/Bobcat, from Tucson and I’m not going to tell you where the ornery brat’s at! All that I want is a ((purebred Asian Leopard Cat Cub or young Male)). any volunteers???????????????????????

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