African Wildcat

Good Day to All.

Since the day I started working at Kapama Buffalo Camp, the game viewing has been amazing – from the Big 5, to insects and reptiles.

For the past 3 days the weather has not been the best. It has been cold, wet and windy but today its blue skies and there is not a cloud in sight.

The highlight of my week was when we came across a female African Wildcat with 3 kittens. To see this in the wild is very rare due to the fact that it is an endangered species (Southern Africa). She was very relaxed as we let her and her kittens move off together and just in a flash they disappeared.
A female gives birth to 2 to 6 kittens, the average is 3. The female cat will find a burrow or a hollow to give birth in and they can also sometimes be found resting in these places. An African Wildcats’ gestation lasts between 56 and 69 days.

I am so thrilled to see they are still around and doing well.

Roan Ravenhill (Ranger Buffalo Camp)

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One Response to “African Wildcat”

  1. Karen says:

    Hi Roan,
    Thanks for the blog from Buffalo camp. Will be visiting next month Hope to see lots of exciting game.
    Keep us informed about the kittens please

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