One of the smallest wild cats, the black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) rests during the day among the bushes or in a
Black-footed cat

In the Cincinnati Zoo's old Cat House.

burrow abandoned by an aardvark or porcupine. It emerges at night to stealthily stalk its prey under the cover of darkness, flattening itself to the ground and taking advantage of any hiding places along the way.


  • Length: 1.1 to 1.7 ft
  • Weight: 3.3 to 6.5 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 10 yrs
  • Habitat: Desert, savannah, and scrubland
  • Range: Southern Africa
  • Diet: Mice, insects, spiders, lizards, and birds
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)
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