Asian golden cat licking its nose

Asian golden cat

Asian golden cats are enigmatic and elusive forest predators whose population is difficult to estimate as a result. Very little is known about the behaviour of this medium-sized, wild cat. What is known, is that Asian golden cats are under severe pressure from habitat loss and poaching. Their diet consists of small animals and birds, and individuals team up to bring down larger prey. Asian golden cats have some interesting local names, for example, 'seua fai' which translates from Thai as 'fire tiger'.

Scientific name: Catopuma temminckii

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Asiatic golden cat,
  • Temminck's golden cat

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The Asian golden cat can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Himalayas. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Asian golden cat distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern


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  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Carnivora
  6. Cats
  7. Catopuma
  8. Asian golden cat