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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 7:15 am 
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They are very difficult to spot because they behave like a feral house cat. Just an interesting aside on this one - if you were to get hold of a baby Afr.WC, would it become like a housecat?

I think I read somewhere No, they cannot be domesticated. However they are in danger of breeding with normal house cats. another reason why house cats and I aren't the very best of friends.

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In December 2003 I met a researcher in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park who is doing research on African Wild Cats in the area of Leeudril waterhole. I get updates on the progress of her research on a three-monthly basis. If anybody is interested in getting these reports please let me know.


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Saw 3 in one night drive from Mopani - about the only mammal we did see that night (note - don't ever go on a night drive with me - I'm not good with the spotlight :lol: )

But it was lovely to see them as I hadn't encountered them before or after.


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Saw this one on the S100 in June 2005, 20 minutes before gate closing, so the lighting is not that great. :(

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A conservation institute in the United States has produced wildcat kittens by cross-breeding cloned adults.

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There was a discussion about interbreeding recently and this article is illuminating.
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Modern cats have their roots in Asia 11 million years ago, according to a DNA study of wild and domestic cats.

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Very interesting! :hmz: So they are basically saying that ALL cats are related! From Lions down to the domestic cat, all over the world.

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One of the things that struck most when I first started observing cats in the wild is how much of their behaviour seemed to be exactly like that of domestic cats. Fascinating! And moseso if it is really true, as this research seems to indicate, that indeed
ALL CATS everywhere are descended from the same "first cat". 8) 8)

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Seen them several times, both on night drives and in daylight but somehow never managed decent pics.

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Lousy shot but it was that impossible light just before sunrise and I insisted on not using a flash. :roll:


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DinkyBird wrote:
Discussion on the a sighting on the cam this evening. The question was ask if the small cat like animal could have been a domestic cat? Is that likely in the Kruger?

I can imagine that the no pets rule would include SANP staff, but then we've seen the ranger's dogs on the webcam as well...? On the other hand, Orpen is so close to the outside world that I think that a domestic cat from one of the farms/settlements in the area could easily sneak in. I also believe that its chances to survive might not be as slim as you would think. Especially being this close to a camp. Cats, all cats, are opportunists and will scavenge when they have to. Apart from that... lots of dovies at the waterhole. :wink:
I'm only speculating. It's just that this particular critter seems to have way too much white for a wildcat (hm... maybe it is in fact a crossbred?)
Perhaps someone with direct contacts at Orpen camp could shed some light on this?


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Jose, you have a point about previously domesticated ferrel cats getting into the park. They must be among the most adaptable of creatures and could interbreed with the wildcat.
We often stay at a timeshare resort in Hazyview and the place must have scores of ferrel cats. The resort even has a letter inviting visitors to take a cat home with them if they get attached.

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There biggest threat as stated allready is without a doubt cross breeding with domestic cats , and it is allready difficult to find pure wild cats :( .
I have seen on limited occasions in the park , all in the northern areas.

Heres a great pic of 1 I took in Kgalagadi , which seems to be a very good place to see them.

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Location: On the Congo River estuary...
On a night Drive,this last December, on the Dirt Road to Tamboti Camp, we had stopped to let NightJar fly off road, and a Wild Cat pounced out of the bush next to the Road, and made short work of the NightJar. Very different type of "kill" to see. Very impressed! Like a minuture Leopard in action!

Have wondered if this the Tamboti Cat? It was about 500m from camp and not too concerned by vehicle.

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