African Wild Cat


Felis lybica

Reminds of a large domestic cat with long legs.  Color varies from sandy brown to light gray, with darker vertical lines.  Characteristic reddish-brown on under parts and behind ears.  Infrequently problematic with poultry, but can take prey the size of rabbits, guinea fowl and even small antelope.  In my opinion far superior to jackal in sorting out rodents.

Predator callers at night time must take care not to confuse this cat with the bigger caracal.

Did you know?

The African wild cat is classified as CITES Appendix II.   (Why? - because all Felis is cites II.)  Red Data Book: Vulnerable.  (Because of it tendency to breed with domestic cats.)
The African wild cat plucks the feathers from prey, whereas genets do not.