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 Post subject: African Wild Cat
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 6:36 am 
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Who has seen them in the Parks?

After one of our field reporters, think it was Laine, reported a sighting I wondered how scarce are they?

I saw one once on a bushbraai near Letaba. It was busy hunting when we drove past it. It immediatly ducked and tried to hide from us when it saw us. Maybe that it the reason for not seeing them that often.

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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?


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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.


We had these mix-breed cats running all over the area our farm was in - so annoying! As none of us in the area had pet cats (for this very reason) the problem must have gone back quite a number of years.

I have only had a couple of fleeting sightings of actual wildcat (assuming that in the park they aren't interbred with domestic cats) - they don't stick around to pose do they!

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Good morning,
We spotted an African Wild cat on a night drive from Mopani a few years ago.
Maybe saw another one in december but as it was during the day I'm really not sure that it was one. It went away very quickly and we didn't have the time to look at him correctly.


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 Post subject: wild cat
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African wild cat are fairly common in the park, though I have seen most up north, furthest south (Vutomi, N Tshokwane). If you drive at night alot you'll see many. Good camps I'd say for night drives - Letaba, Mopane, Olifants, Orpen.

Kruger & Kalahari Parks are one of only true bred populations, while I have seen a ginger tabby in parks, like Pilanesberg :x , suggesting a hybrid population at best persists there.

I have encountered tamed ones, which are similar to domestic cats, though a bit wilder. Since the domestic cat, is very closely related to wild cat, and would have derived come from wilder stock in the not too distant evolutionary past, I am sure they'll become as tame eventually.

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Seen a female with 3 young in 2000 early morning. About 2 km north of Satara on the tar road towards Olifants. The veld was burt down during that time and although they were about 20 meters away was easy to spot against the black of the burnt grass. First and only time I saw them.

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 Post subject: Tamboti Wild Cat
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:?: Has anyone noticed the resident African Wild Cat in Tamboti Tented Camp? I saw the cat on two occasions (December 2004 and April 2005). Was wondering if the cat is still there. :?:


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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Wild Cat
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Hi and Welcome!

I too haven't stayed there but the only wildcat I've seen was in the general area too. Seems they like the central district! Date was end June 2005.

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Wild Cat
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Saw a mother and 2 kittens in September 2000 about 1 km from Satara on the road towards Olifants. Was auite far from road but due to the burning in the area we had good views of it. The only time ever I saw this animal in all the years visiting the park. Would love a close up view like this.

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My sightings of African Wild Cats in KNP:

March 2005 - About 5 km from Balule.
April 2003 - Satara night drive.
October 1999 - Near the power lines north of Punda Maria.


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Saw one in Orpen over the easter weekend. We were 3 meters apart and looked at each other for a minute. I knew if I moved to fetch my camera it would bolt, so I just stood there and enjoyed the moment.

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I still do not think it could be a domestic cat. There is a chance that they could interbreed with African Wild Cat so are not allowed in the Park. Anyone able to confirm this?


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?

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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...?

I´m sure that a rangers dog and other pets, including "normal" dogs are not the same. I believe you could educate a dog very well, like police dogs or for the blind. A good educated dog would protect you and didn`t went in nature without the permission from the ranger. A cat could you only stop to move in the park, if you kept her in the house or on a chain.

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It's a great wildcat pic, bucky. Kgalagadi is also the only place I've seen them clearly. Once saw one stalking a Hamerkop at a water hole. They are beautiful cats! :P

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