what to see / African Wild Cat


Introduction: It was in 3,000 BC that the Egyptians domesticated the African wild cat (Felis lybica) to control mice and rats raiding granaries. From these tamed animals, the domestic cat was bred, therefore the similarity between the two. A striking difference between them though is the much longer legs of the wild cat. This allows it to sit almost vertically upright, a feature not possible with a domestic cat. They also have a completely different walking action. The longer legs and high shoulder blades resemble the movement of a cheetah. Wild cats readily interbreed with domestic cats and there are few countries that have pure wild cats left. Namibia does not have many domesticated cats, the shortage a clear advantage in maintaining the country's pure-blooded wild cat numbers. With interbreeding, the cats loose the ear coloration and the long legs. They are almost entirely nocturnal creatures and are adept at climbing trees when under stress or for hunting. Distrib... read more  Read More