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Captured Location: Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo province, South Africa
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African Wild cat – Felis silvestris lybica
Similar to but larger than the domestic cat, two sub- species are identified in the region.
The animals from the more arid parts are more sandy and pale, with reddish markings; those from wetter regions are blue-grey in color with grey-black markings.
The two intergraded and are difficult to assign intermediate specimens to their sub-species.
In central African rain forests all black specimens are recorded.
They are nocturnal, solitary and terrestrial in habit, moving late after sundown. They climb well if necessary, are cunning and difficult to trap.
Unlike the small spotted cat they are easily tamed and become very affectionate.
They have a wide habitat tolerance and are present in all areas except in deserts. They do, however, require some form of cover, such as tocks, scrub or thicket to form a den.
Their voice is similar to the domestic cats; they growl, hiss, spit, mew and purr.
Enemies are the small spotted cats. One to three altricial young are born in the den.
Mice, then birds are the main fare. They also eat insects and other invertebrates, amphibian and wild fruit. They can be a danger to the young of stock and game animals and poultry