Satara Summer 2021 – A not-so-wild African Wild Cat

One of Satara Rest Camp’s features are a habituated African Wild Cat (perhaps more than one) that patrols the camp after dark, reminiscent of the pre-historic days when these cats first associated with humans and gave rise to the domestic tabbies that share human households the world over today. Even though we kept our distance, her regular visits to our campsite and bungalow was a welcome facet of our evenings in camp during our December 2021 visit to Satara in the Kruger National Park.

30 thoughts on “Satara Summer 2021 – A not-so-wild African Wild Cat

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Indeed very easy to see that they’re related to our domestic cats, and seeing how this cat, or cats, at Satara have become familiar with living around people also easy to understand how it came that we have cats as pets these days.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks, Hien! I’ll pass your kind comment to Joubert. You’re right that these cats are much less “lazy” than their domesticated cousins. Probably because it is tough surviving in the wild and there’s no time to waste!

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  1. Anne

    That? cat at Satara brought me a wonderful sense of joy when we were last there. It certainly is habituated to humans but is not tame in the sense of a domestic cat. I think I appreciated being able to see one from so close up – yet it remained aloof enough to be wild.

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