African Wild Cat (Felis silvestris)
Least Concern (LC)
Generally grey-brown with bushy tails and a well-defined pattern of black stripes over their entire body. Their fur is short and soft. Their coloration is similar to that of a tabby domestic cat and makes them difficult to see in their forested habitats.
||Males: 4 - 5 kg Females: 2.7 - 4 kg
||Body length: 500 to 750 mm Tail length: 210 to 350 mm
Are usually active at night or at dusk and dawn, although they are also active during the day, particularly in areas with little human disturbance. Wild cats often travel widely at night in search prey.
Are primarily solitary animals
||mostly one litter per year
||births occur usually in May
||60 - 70 days
|Number of offspring
||One to eight
African wild cats occur throughout Africa in a wide variety of habitats. In desert regions they are restricted to mountainous areas and waterways.
Primary Diet: carnivore (mice, rats) Other: birds, mammals, reptiles, carrion, insects, terrestrial non-insect arthropods
Are preyed upon as young cats by larger predators, such as foxes, wolves, other cats, and large birds of prey, such as owls and hawks.
African Wild Cat at Naankuse sites