The African golden cat is Africa’s least known felid with a restricted distribution in the forests of equatorial Africa. The golden cat is currently classiﬁed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Anecdotal reports suggest that habitat loss and poaching for bushmeat threaten the long-term survival of golden cats. Yet, systematic data on golden cat conservation, population size, impacts of human activity and conflict with humans is mostly unavailable.
Badru Mugerwa, a Ugandan biologist and conservationist through the Bwindi Caracal aurata Project, is leading the first interdisciplinary research to investigate the golden cat conservation status, ecology and its conflict with local communities. Findings from this study conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Bwindi) suggest that local communities have poor attitudes towards the conservation of golden cats, albeit negligible conflict between golden cats and local communities. This research further corroborates that poaching (which is prevalent across most of equatorial Africa) is a threat to golden cat conservation.
- Date November 1, 2014
- Tags African Golden Cat