Where Can I See African Wild Cat In Uganda In 2024/2025

where can i spot african wild cat in uganda in 2024/2025


African Wild Cats are small-bodied, fierce cats that live in grasslands, forests, and brushlands in Africa and some parts of the Middle East. African wild cats generally live in warm weather, but some can also survive in very cold weather. They are good at climbing. African wild cats live for about 12-15 years. Click here to view mountain gorilla trekking safaris


African wild cats are highly adaptable and can be seen in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, bush country, and plains. The geographical range includes large parts of Africa that exclude the rainforests of Central Africa and some of the Sahara Desert. Wild cats can be spotted in Uganda in most savannah habitats. Click here to see our recommended gorilla trekking tour 


 African Wild Cats carries from two to six babies, with three being the norm. Expectancy lasts about two months, conception occurs during the rainy season when food supplies are plentiful, and kitten independence begins at six months while sexual maturity occurs at twice that age.


what is the difference between African wild cat and African golden cat

The African wild cat is a grey-streaked cat with dark stripes. The African wild cat is also called Felis lybica and is known to interbreed successfully. It lives in the major parts of Uganda's savanna ecosystems. African wild cats also have black stripes on their tails; the African cat's color ranges from sandy brown to yellow-grey. Compared to the European subspecies, the fur of this species is smaller and shorter.


The color of the fur on African golden cats can range from dark slaty to chestnut or reddish-brown, with some cats having spots. In some cases, the inner legs and belly are the only areas with spots.


African golden cats can be recognized by their skins, which have a characteristic fur ridge with whorls in front of the shoulders, where the hairs reverse direction. Its size is approximately double that of a domestic cat. In comparison to the bulk of its body, its spherical head is quite small. It is a large-pawed cat with stocky, long legs, a short tail, and a heavy build.

People think that most domestic cats today are descended from the African wild cat, which the Egyptians domesticated more than 4,000 years ago to keep rodents and mice from destroying their grain stores.


The African wild cat can be confused for a domestic cat, save for the obvious differences in ear color and length of legs. Due to interbreeding with domestic cats, pure genetic African wild cats are extremely uncommon and are only seen in isolated locations.


how do African wild cat behavior

Primarily, African wild cats feed on mice, rats, and other small animals; if accessible, they also eat birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.


With the exception of mating and the period when the female is rearing kittens, they are mostly solitary carnivores. Males and females both mark and defend territories, and a male's territory may overlap with a few females. In warm weather, they are nocturnal; in really cold weather, they are diurnal, mostly active at night and dusk.


After 65 days of gestation, a female gives birth to three kittens on average. The majority of kittens are born during the rainy season, when there is an abundance of food. They remain with their mother for five to six months until becoming reproductive one year later. In the wild, African golden cats can live for 12 to 15 years.


Foxes, wolves, other large cats, and large birds of prey, including owls, eagles, and hawks, are their primary predators. Nonetheless, when faced with danger, African wild cats can become quite aggressive and defend themselves against bigger predators.