A new update of the ICUN's Red List shows the West African population of lions is critically endangered. Experts estimate that there are only 125-375 adult lions left in West Africa based on a study in 2014. West African lions are considered to be genetically separate from lions in other regions of Africa. They are found west of the lower Niger River in parks of Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. The update also shows that the African golden cat (Caracal aurata), a beautiful forest feline, has declined from Near Threatened to Vulnerable. Deforestation and poaching are responsible for its decline. Cats vacate forests were there is noticeable human encroachment.