Felis nigripes Tut website


  • Felidae

Common Names

  • Black Footed Cats, Ant Hill Tiger


  • Smaller than a domestic cat. One of the world's smallest cats.
  • Weight: Males- 4.2lbs Females- 2.8lbs


  • Black-footed cats are found in the savannas and grasslands of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, as well as small parts of Angola, Zimbabwe, and possibly Lesotho.


  • In the wild: These tiny predators feed on rodents, birds, insects, and reptiles
  • At the zoo: Cat food, mice, with plenty of treats.

Special adaptations

  • Amazing camouflage and ambush predator skills.

Interesting facts

  • Able to take down prey up to twice their tiny size during the winter when smaller rodents are unavailable.
  • Able to jump 4.5 feet into the air to catch birds in flight

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Vulnerable


  1. AnAge. Accessed May 14, 2016. http://genomics.senescence.info/species/entry.php?species=Felis_nigripes
  2. Animal Diversity Web. Accessed March 31, 2016 http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Felis_nigripes/
  3. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  4. Encyclopedia of Life. Black Footed Cats. Accessed May 14, 2016. http://eol.org/pages/328666/details
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search

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