Asian Golden Cat (Felis temminckii)
The Asian golden cat (Felis temminckii) is a medium-sized wild cat, typically weighing about 25 – 35 lbs (12-16 kg). Its average length is about 4 feet (140 cm) including its tail. The Asian golden cat ranges from the lowlands of Southeast Asia up into the Himalayas, sometimes up to 3,000 metres. Its range includes parts of Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.
The beautiful coat of the Asian golden cat ranges from a dark orangey red to a golden brown, and is thick and coarse. Depending on the geographical location, Asian golden cats may have light spots on the underside; in China, they have darker rosettes all over the coat, similar to those of the leopard cat.
Asian golden cats are mainly nocturnal (active at night), although sometimes they appear during the day as well. They are opportunistic predators, eating ground birds, rodents, reptiles, and other small-to-medium prey.
The Asian golden cat is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (I.U.C.N.) as Near Threatened. Threats to the Asian golden cat include habitat loss due to deforestation, indiscriminate snaring, and illegal trade in its pelt and bones. In Southeast Asia, it is also threatened by falling numbers of prey animals.