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Unread postby Bosnimf » Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:15 pm

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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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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:47 am

To clone, or not to clone?
A conservation institute in the United States has produced wildcat kittens by cross-breeding cloned adults.
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Unread postby arks » Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:05 pm

There was a discussion about interbreeding recently and this article is illuminating.
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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Unread postby CurtisDillon » Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:24 pm

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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Unread postby arks » Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:34 pm

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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Unread postby Jose » Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:41 pm

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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Unread postby bucky » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:03 am

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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Unread postby Fizzpop » Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:37 pm

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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Unread postby Rooikat » Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:26 pm

Saw eight wild cats on one night drive at Letaba in Dec. 2001!
Sounds incredible, but that was all we saw all night!
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