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African Wild Cat

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Unread postby lepus » Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:55 pm

Question.
I've seen many people refer to the AWC as Felis lybica. Should it be considered as an own species or just a subspecies of the Eurasian wild cat (would make it Felis sylvestris lybica)? Looking at relevant literature (among other MacDonald's Encyclopedia of mammals) and ADW on the web seems like it ought to be the latter. Anyone having other references or opinions?

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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:01 am

My Field guide to Mammals also refers to the AWC. as Felis silvestris (lybica group)
But it does go on to say that at least 13 subspecies have been recognized.
I'm sure Marna would be able to fully explain the exact meaning. (if she can find the time in her hectic schedule) :shock:
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Unread postby Richprins » Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:07 pm

I'm afraid the interbreeding of Wild Cats and ferals may already have occurred in Kruger.

Around 2000 I found one on the Eileen Orpen Dam loop near Tshokwane at about 15h00.

It was not shy at all and fooled around in the road, chasing butterflies etc!

I have seen them before, and this one did have the right build an red behind the ears. However, it had white paws!

I'll try to post the photos, but will have to scan them first (not digital).

This sighting was a few kilos from the Moz border - though I wonder how many domestic cats are in that particular area.

I think they will not make it as a separate species in the Lowveld - perhaps in Kgalagadi.

Other sightings: Renosterkoppies dam
Orpen Night drive (Often)

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Unread postby Penny » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:43 pm

Ok here goes - just a fraction of our AFW cat sightings in KTP!

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Unread postby Penny » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:31 am

Hi BB - I have had major computer problems since my return and thus have been somewhat forced into silence!

The kitten was amongst the garbage in the Attendant's closed in back area behind his "tent" where the garbage is stored for Kielie Krankie until a truck comes to take it away. He informed us that this particular AFW virtually lives in and around the 4 units at KK and hunts geckoes, cobras and rats. The kittens were just too beautiful and one is almost fooled into thinking that they are tame!!

Lovely to meet you! Thanks you for going to the trouble of coming to find me!

I will get to my report during this week and start loading it onto the sightings thread!

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Unread postby eladn » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:43 am

Filmed at the Nossob road a week and a half ago.

There was another AWC, just a kilometer spaced from this one...

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