Animal of the Month
What's so special about it?
|Wildcat (Kalahari race); Photo by Maddie Lausted|
and genetically altered to the extent that they are now usually considered a different species - Felis catus. Housecats still interbreed freely with their wild ancestors, and the Scottish Wildcat race (Felis silvestris grampia) in its pure form is now reduced to less than 400 individuals as a result.
Where can I see one?Wildcats have a wide distribution that includes most of Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. While they remain secure in most areas, European populations have not coped well with urbanisation and inter-breeding with Housecats. Though small numbers survive in Scotland, Portugal and the Netherlands, their stronghold lies in the wilderness of the Pyrenees region. African Wildcats are often sighted on wildlife tours in the Kalahari Desert.
Is there anything similar near Brisbane?
|Feral Cat; Photo by Susan Heron|
Original Wildcat photo can be seen on the Lausted Sisters blog.
Original Feral Cat photo can be seen on the Geelong Advertiser website.