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African Wild Cat

African wild cat in Etosha National Park, Namibia

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  • ["Although the wild cat can climb trees, it seldom does, preferring to spend its time on the ground."]

Similar in appearance to the domestic cat, the African wild cat is a common resident of the park.

Not much is known about this elusive creature and pure examples are only found in remote areas due to inbreeding with domestic cats. Apart from a unique ear colouring and longer legs, the cat is identical to the domestic cat elsewhere. Although the wild cat can climb trees, it seldom does, preferring to spend its time on the ground.

The African wild cat is most often spotted at the waterholes, where it lies in ambush waiting for doves and sand grouse coming to the water’s edge. Other prey species are rodents, insects and even very small antelope.

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