Chinese mountain cat

This little fluff ball is a skilled hunter with a big attitude

西宁野生动物园

This tiny feline might not be as famous as its larger cousins, but it’s just as fierce and fascinating. With its thick fur, big ears, and adorable face, it’s easy to see why this cat is a fan favorite among those who know about it.

Despite its small size, it’s a skilled hunter and can take down prey much larger than itself. Unfortunately, like many wild cats, the Chinese mountain cat is threatened by habitat loss and hunting. That’s why if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Chinese mountain cat in the wild, count yourself among the lucky few!

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
China
2,400–47,000
Official estimate
VU
2021
Gansu, Tibet , Qinghai, Sichuan

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No