At first these photographs may strike you as being of an ordinary tabby cat.

Not so. The African Wild Cat, (Felis Silvestris lybica) is an indigenous species which is larger and has longer legs than domestic cats. Their legs are banded, with darker markings being more distinct on the lower limbs. As you can see in this photograph, the relatively long tail is dark-ringed with black tip.

Said to be the ancestors of domestic cats, these animals are widespread throughout Africa. They primarily eat mice, rats, and other small mammals, although have been recorded eating birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. I find it exciting to come across one of these solitary, elusive creatures that inhabit wooded grassland and savanna.

These photographs were taken in both the Kruger National Park and in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park.

16 thoughts on “NO ORDINARY CAT

  1. They are beautiful animals. I’m afraid that, should I come across one, I would definitely think of it as a big cat only. The one in the first photo looks a lot like my small bed mate – she weighs less than 2 kg.

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    • We had watched this cat for some time, but it had been hidden in the dark shadows of early morning, so was not easy to photograph until it emerged into the sunlight.


  2. We had one of these visit in our room! He was friendly but a tad standoffish. It wasn’t until the next morning that we learned he was an African Wild Cat and not a pet.


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