20 Nov

Just Released: New Video Footage of the Elusive African Golden Cat


We’re excited to share that Panthera and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have released new footage of an African golden cat in Uganda’s Kibale National Park, as highlighted in a recent WCS press release. To capture this up-close footage, field scientists sprayed Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men cologne on a remote camera trap to attract this cat, which immediately made its own scent-mark on the camera trap. This and other ongoing research of the African golden cat has produced surprising findings, including the fact that these cats are not strictly nocturnal as previously thought, but “cathemeral” – active both night and day.

Watch the video of this African golden cat here, and see coverage of this story in The Washington Post and Nature World News

Very rarely seen or caught on camera by scientists, the African golden cat is known as one of the most elusive wild cats in the world, and was recorded for the first known time on camera in 2011 in Gabon, by Panthera Kaplan Scholar and graduate student, Laila Bahaa-el-din. Watch more videos and read a press release on the first known footage of the African golden cat.

African golden cats live in tropical forests in West, Central, and East Africa. They can weigh up to 35 pounds (16 kilograms) and feed on birds, rodents, monkeys, and other mammals.