The African Wildcat

Scientific Name: Felis silvestris
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Weight: 7-18 pounds

Wildcat Portrait

Description:

The wild cat’s appearance is very similar to the domestic cat, though wild cats are generally slightly larger and longer-legged. Today’s domestic cat is biologically still the same species as the wild cat and the two readily interbreed producing fertile kittens. The genetic distinctions between them are minor, though domestic carry a slightly different genetic signature, sufficient enough to separate them as a subspecies.

Prey:

The wild cat diet is dominated by a combination of small rodents depending on relative availability. Reptiles and snakes, including venomous snakes, are included in the wild cat diet.

Biology:

African wildcats can breed year round and produce up to four litters a year. Gestation lasts 56-68 days. Litter size is typically 2-4 kittens.

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