Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52592

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Felis
Genus species:Felis libyca

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:51-63 cm
Weight:3.2-64. Kg
Identification:The color of the Cape wild cat is variable: gray, tan, orange, or black. It has dark stripes on the upper legs, fainter stripes on the body, rings around its tail, and a lighter underside.
Habitat:Varied, including urban areas
Diet:Carnivore: rodents, birds, reptiles, frogs, insects
Reproduction:After a gestation period of 56-60 days, the female gives birth to 2-5 kittens. The young become independent by the time they are five months old.
Cape wild cats may hunt in family groups.
Behavior:This nocturnal cat lives in underground burrows.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is one of the ancestors of the domestic cat.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:African wild cat
feline
Cape wild cat
Wildcat
Felis
Felidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals