Black-Footed Cat

Felis nigripes

Mammal | Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe

Animal Info

The endangered black-footed cat is smaller than a domestic cat. In fact, it’s one of the world’s smallest. However, it has amazing camouflage and ambush predator skills. A black-footed cat is able to take down prey up to twice their tiny size during the winter when smaller rodents are unavailable and is able to jump 4.5 feet into the air to catch birds in flight.


In the wild: Rodents, birds, insects, and reptiles

At the Zoo: Cat food, mice, with plenty of treats


Savannas and grasslands

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – vulnerable