Jungle Cats

Human Impact

A species spotlight via Big Cat Rescue.

In general, jungle cats are not ranked high on the list of endangerment. However, they are in danger because they are so rare. Specifically, it is thought to be the rarest of small cats in Asia.

Also, the destruction of jungle cat’s habitat means that most of their habitat is transitioned into farmland, forcing them into close quarters with humans. When they are forced to live close to farms, jungle cats are viewed as pests because they approach farmland. This leads farmers to hunt and poison them, sometimes taking their fur in the process.

In India, there used to be a problem with the exportation of jungle cat skin until a law in 1979 protected them. Though now illegal, poaching still occurs. Jungle cats also suffer because of the destruction of their habitats, as is often the case when it comes to the conservation of wild cats.


Map of Jungle Cat habitats

Jungle cats are native to Asia from southern China in the east through Southeast and Central Asia to the Nile Valley in the west.