Panther Genet, Genetta maculate

The panther genet (Genetta maculate), also known as the rusty-spotted genet, is a mammal related to the linsang and the civet. It can be found in many areas of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa. Its range includes Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia, among other areas. It prefers a habitat within many areas including rainforests, swamps, woodlands, savannahs, and moist forests. It does not reside in completely arid regions, but has been found in human populated areas like plantations, cultivated lands, and suburban regions. It can be found at elevation of up to 11,154 feet.

The panther genet is nocturnal and elusive, so there is no information about its habits. Despite its rarity in the wild, it is often seen in bushmeat markets. Besides being trapped for sale in markets, it can be killed by farmers in order to protect poultry, and is sometimes hunted by domesticated dogs and cats. The panther genet does occur in a few protected areas, and appears on the IUCN Red List with “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Rusty-spotted genet. Credit: Altaileopard/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)