African Wild Cat

Common Name(s): African Wildcat
Scientific Name: Felis Lybica
Weight: 10-18 pounds
Head/Body: 24 inches
Tail: 12 inches
Subspecies: 11
Gestation: ~65 days
Status: Unknown
Estimated World Population: ~100,000

The primary ancestor of the domestic cat (and our cats), whom it resembles, the average African wildcat has a more sturdy build and is slightly larger than the average domestic cat though not as large as some of the bred-for-size subspecies. Its coat is light brown to light yellowish-brown with stripped-tabby markings. Cats with darker tabby markings, similar to tabby cats, are found in forested areas, while cats with paler markings are found in grasslands. 

The African wildcat may be found throughout Africa and the Middle East, Asia as far east as India, and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Majorca. It is often found around human settlements and farms. It hunts by night, usually on the ground but sometimes from trees and bushes, and seeks rodents, reptiles, birds and insects.

The African wildcat is very easily tamed, especially when taken as a kitten, and many farmers in its range have African wildcats in lieu of domestic cats.