Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 30th, 2011
The African Golden Cat (Profelis aurata) is a medium-sized wild cat distributed over the rainforests of West and Central Africa. It is a rare feline, but not a new discovery. It was first described within zoology by Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1827.
Scientists tracking one of Africa’s most elusive and poorly understood animals say they’ve recorded a rare – and possibly the only publicly released – video of the species in the wild.
The video, recorded by a motion-activated camera placed in a Gabon forest, shows an African golden cat: a shy, medium-sized feline that ducks human contact and lives in hard-to-access parts of central African forests.
“As far as we know, it’s never before been filmed (in the wild) for … the public domain,” said Luke Hunter, president of Panthera, the conservation group providing most of the funding for the team that captured the video this year.
A motion-activated camera captured this image of an African golden cat in Gabon, Africa, 2011.
To see the 2011 video, go to CNN.