AFRICAN WILD CAT - Felis silvestris lybica  by Magaret Meintjes

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Captured Location: Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo province, South Africa
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Lens: Sigma 70-300mm
Focal Length: 55mm
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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


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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 4 years ago

    Fantstiese foto! Weet jy Mags, hierdie Vaalboskatte lyk darem maar net soos gewone huiskatte. Ek het ook in Aug in in die Kruger gekry.

  • Baie dankie Olitto, ja ons het baie hier op Groenland, kom tot in die tuin en baklei met ons huiskatte maar ons eil hulle nie verwilder nie want hulle doen goeie werk met die menigte van muise wat ’n plaag is!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • bettywiley
    bettywileyalmost 4 years ago

    what a beautiful cat – hard to believe that he’s wild – he almost looks like a domestic short hair cut. Nice capture

  • Thank you so much betty, appreciate your kind comment, take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • I am so happy thank you sol much dear trish and… take carexx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 4 years ago

    awesome picture,superbly done,dawnx

  • thank you so much sweet and dear friend, I appreciate your continous support, hugs xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

  • Laure this is wonderful news and a great honor, thank you so much !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 4 years ago

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