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African Wild Cat
African Wild Cat

African wildcat

Order Carnivora Family Felidae Felis lybica

African wildcat are solitary, nocturnal stalk and pounce predators feeding primarily on rodents and birds. May also take small antelope, arthropods and occasionally fruit.
Wildcats are strongly territorial and both males and females mark and defend territory. Males are alerted to a females coming into oestrus by testing the urine they have used for scent marking. After a gestation period of 2 months an average of 3 kittens (1-5) are born, usually in a disused springhare or aardvark burrow. Average lifespan in the wild is 15 years.