The Black-footed Cat is the smallest wildcat in Africa, standing at only 8-10 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing in at around 2.4-4.2lbs. Despite they’re size, they are known for their tenacity and are coined the “deadliest wildcat” as they have the highest predation success rate (60%). They also have very high energy requirements and hunt 70% of the night, consuming 10-14 rodents and birds in a single night. They are listed as a vulnerable species, with deforestation and indirect poisoning from traps set for other animals suspected to be the main causes.
Learn more about the species survival plan at these links below from @sandiegozoo and @fossilrim:
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