Scientific name: Prionailurus rubiginosus
The rusty-spotted cat is one of the cat family’s smallest members, and is found only in India and Sri Lanka. It has been listed as Vulnerable by IUCN in 2002 as the total effective population size is estimated at below 10,000 mature individuals, with a declining trend due to habitat loss, and no sub population containing more than 1,000 mature breeding individuals.
As of 2010, the captive population of Prionailurus rubiginosu. phillipsi comprised 56 individuals in eight institutions, of which 11 individuals were kept in the Colombo Zoo and 45 individuals in seven European zoos.
When raised in captivity as a pet, the rusty spotted cat is affectionate, playful, and expressive, and forms strong bonds with its keeper