Asian Golden Cat
Genus: Catopuma (Total members of this genus: Bay cat, Asian Golden cat)
Species: Catopuma temminckii
Pardofelis temminckii temminckii -Himalayas, Southeast Asian mainland and Sumatra
Pardofelis temminckii dominicanorum -southeast China
Pardofelis temminckii tristis – southwest China
The Asian Golden Cat can be reddish, silverish, or black, brown, or spotted like an Ocelot. In some areas they are called “the leopard’s brother”. This cat weighs between 20-32.5 pounds (9-14 kg) with a height of approximately 26-33 inches (58-83 cm). They prefer tropical and sub tropical forests, and some drier deciduous forests. They are flexible habitat wise and some live in shrub and grassland too. They are found in the Himalayas, across China, southeastern Asia, Malaysia, Nepal and Sumatra.
In captivity, Asian Golden Cats have lived up to 20 years, although the average is 12. In the wild it is unknown how long they live, probably 12 years or so.
The primary prey of this cat is large rodents, amphibians and insects, birds, small reptiles and small ungulates, and sometimes larger creatures like wild pig, sambar deer, and domestic water buffalo calves.