This video is called African and Asian Golden cat – (Profelis aurata and Pardofelis temminckii).
From the Smithsonian Magazine blog in the USA:
September 21, 2009
Rare Kitty Caught on Film
Biologists aren’t certain how many African golden cats (Profelis aurata) remain in central Africa. The IUCN Red List places the the cat in the “Near Threatened” category, saying that there are probably around 10,000 or so left, though that is little more than an educated guess. People are more likely to have seen an African golden cat skin than a live animal; in fact, the cat had only been photographed once, in Congo. And there have been no studies of its social behavior, range or ecology.
Which makes the recent capture of three images of the cougar-like cat by a digital infrared camera trap in Kibale National Park, Uganda, all the more special. Yale anthropologist Gary P. Aronsen, who described his find in the Africa Journal of Ecology,
Actually, the African Journal of Ecology
had set up seven camera traps in the park. The only one that captured African golden cat images had been set up for two weeks in June 2008 along a game trail. Aronsen believes that all three images are of the same cat.
“For the most part, the cameras capture amazing images of elephants, monkeys, chimpanzees, duiker and buffalo. The cameras also can record movies, so you can see multiple animals in a group, such as chimpanzees,” [Aronsen told the BBC]….
The [cat] images were taken in an old-growth forest patch located within a place called Mainaro, which is a patchwork of old-growth, regenerating, and replanted forests, Dr Aronsen explains.
“Given that three images were captured within an old-growth patch, I’d say that the Kibale golden cats may prefer this habitat. But the range of any cat is large, and so they can go anywhere to hunt.”
Aronsen hopes that finding the cat, a top predator, is a sign of the good health of the forest. Like many places, though, Uganda’s forests are shrinking. The IUCN says that deforestation is the African golden cat’s greatest threat.
What’s worse, the African golden cat is only one of many threatened kitties worldwide; here are seven more.
- Adorable Rare African Golden Cat Enticed Out of Hiding with Calvin Klein Cologne (VIDEO) (onegreenplanet.org)
- Incredible Camera Trap Footage of the Rare African Golden Cat [Video] (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- Calvin Klein Cologne Lures Cats to the Camera (livescience.com)
- No genetic flow found in two Tigrina populations leads to a new Tigrina species (4thenaturesake.wordpress.com)
- Chimpanzees of Kibale, an animal encounter to remember (notesfromcamelidcountry.net)
- The endangered Mountain gorillas (gorillatoursuganda.wordpress.com)
- First Deaf Wildebeest Migration Touring NOTES (d-travelblog.com)
- Spotted: World’s rarest cat? (foxnews.com)