Conserving Africa’s smallest cat

Black-footed Cat
Working Group

Meet the Black-footed Cat

  • The black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) is Africa’s smallest wild cat species.
  • It is found only in southern Africa in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.
  • This tiny nocturnal predator is often referred to as “the world’s deadliest cat” because of its unusually high hunting success rate.
  • The black-footed cat is classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN with an estimated population of less than 10,000 mature individuals in the wild.

Learn more about the amazing black-footed cat and how you can help protect it.

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About the Black-footed Cat Working Group

The Black-footed Cat Working Group (BFCWG) aims to conserve the black-footed cat by furthering awareness and conducting multidisciplinary research on the biology of this rare cat species.


The BFCWG is an international team of scientists, founded in 2019, who perform critical research on the biology and ecology of the black-footed cat.


The BFCWG raises awareness about the black-footed cat through interviews, popular press articles, social media, and presentations about joint research.


Members of the BFCWG (the Black-footed Cat Research Project Namibia) recognize private landowners for being good custodians of black-footed cat habitat.

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Support Black-footed Cat Conservation

You can help conserve the black-footed cat by supporting the Black-footed Cat Working Goup.