Wild Feral Cats Are Evolving In Australia

Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.

These are descendants of common moggies that came aboard the ships of European colonists that settled in the bush in the 1700s and early 1800s. Over the past few centuries these cats have adapted and clearly become a different animal as they fill the apex predator niche in many areas where dingo and fox numbers are scarce. Just like the dingo is the dog “de-domesticated” in the Australian outback, I think the same is happening to these cats.

Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.

As a result of a lack of competition over hundreds of years, these wild feral cats have adapted to the many landscapes where they have been introduced. They were originally cats that had come along on ships from Europe. I believe that studies should be done on the reason behind these Felids growing to immense sizes, among other adaptations, to the various environments they have thrived in. Similar to the natural development of the Maine Coon and Sokoke cats or the Cimarrón Uruguayo dog breed.

Feral cats that have been apex predators in large swathes of land for generations should be captured, tested and seen if segments of these feral cat populations have developed into new landraces of cats. The establishment of these large naturally evolved cats as a unique breed may bring awareness to them and create a demand for these new exotic cats.

Please bear in mind again that I am only referring to the successive generations of feral cats living in Australia’s remote outback since the 1700s-1800s. These are not the average free-roaming moggy in the outskirts of Perth that ventures into nearby wildlife areas to wreak havoc. The increased demand and potential media attention will bring light to the situation. Therefore removing them from the wilderness and exported to foreign families. It would certainly thrill many people to have the possibility of owning an apex predator as a pet and I believe it provides an alternative humane way of curbing the feral cat problem in Australia to outright poisoning or shooting like this.

Below are pictures of large wild feral cats that were located in the Australian outback, far from any settlement.
WARNING: PLEASE BE AWARE that some images are graphic as they contain culled cats. Specifically the ones at the bottom. With this warning, please do not blame me for the discomfort you may feel seeing dead cats. It should be all the more reason to help find a better resolution to the feral cat issue in Australia such as this one I have brought forth.

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Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback

Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback.
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback
Eating Wallaby

Warning, photo’s of culled animals below!

Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!
Large Wild Feral Cats photographed in the Australian Outback. Culled!

Please help us support this Civet Cat

Early Saturday morning (26/3/22) we were contacted by a ranger at Zebula Game Reserve about a civet cat that had been hit by a car and found on the road by a visitor. The ears were twitching a bit but that was all the movement left in the poor civet.

So we quickly rushed there to see how we could help. It was difficult to see what chance the civet cat still had to survive, and to see what really was wrong, so we had the vet take a look. X-rays were done and other tests, to find out this was a “lucky one”, to have nothing broken, and no vital organs damaged.

It was still in shock of course, very cold and wet. And suffering a bad concussion. The vet gave anti inflammatory and put him on a drip. Monday after, he is still at the vet. He tried to stand a few times which is good, but the bad concussion gave too much problems still. When he can leave the vet again, not sure when that will be, we will give proper care until he is well enough to be released again.

Thanks to Mariette at Zebula and foremost the guest who picked him up and by doing so was the initial rescue of this poor fellow.

A special donation page on Facebook will be created soon and we appeal to your generosity to support us to provide the best of (medical) care for this civet and all animals/cats like him.

On this page we will publish the full story and all up-dates.
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It is a WILD CATS WORLD

February 19, 2022 by Web Master

It's a wild cats world

At our sanctuary it is not just heaven for the bigger and smaller wildcats such as leopards, cheetahs or servals/caracals… also the smaller African wildcat (pure blood) and Black-footed cats (currently homed at a separate place) are having a safe place at our sanctuary.

Then we also have the feral/wildcat program – giving home to 30 feral and (semi) African wildcats, and helping farmers to capture them in order to fix and vaccinate them. Lots of them found a wonderful home on our property.

The biggest group living in our yard, the African wildcats are homed separately on our farm and some loved to be promoted to domestic cats. All of course get daily food, water, love and when necessary medical treatment. On these photos you can see some of the cats, with all different colour variations.

If you support Wild Cats World – you support all the cats at our sanctuary, wild or tame, big or small. Please write to info@wildcatsmagazine.nl (or use our Contact form) if you are interested in supporting our organisation or if you like to (symbolically) adopt one of the resident cats at our sanctuary.

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Alley Cat Rescue Announces New African Wildcat Project

Alley Cat Rescue, Inc. (ACR) is commencing a project to map African wildcat (Felis lybica) sightings throughout Africa and surrounding countries. The African Wildcat Project will collect
data from individuals visiting and living in these areas via ACR’s Facebook group and online report form. Those reporting sightings will provide details including the sighting date, location, and notable physical characteristics of the wildcats.

The goal of the African Wildcat Project is to create a visual representation of AWC distribution that will aid ACR and other conservationist groups in monitoring the species’ population, which
has been labeled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as in decline. AWC’s are becoming rarer due in part to habitat loss and hunting, but the most significant threat to the survival of their species in hybridization through breeding with free-roaming domestic cats.

African Wild Cat – (c) Babette de Jonge

Alley Cat Rescue has been involved with preserving the AWC South African subspecies, Felis l. cafra, for many years. Through their African Wildcat Conservation Action Plan, which
was founded and has been funded to date mainly through grants from the Ayers Wild Cat conservation Trust, ACR works with South African organizations, game rangers, and resorts and lodges to implement focused trap-neuter-return (TNR) efforts for domestic cats living along game preserve borders, thereby maintaining populations of genetically pure African wildcats in the region.

ACR President, Louise Holton passionate about this iconic species.
“We need to preserve this beautiful small wildcat as she has given us our amazing housecats that have given people so much companionship over a long period of time —living with a small tiger in your home!,” says Holton. “Cats make great companions but we do need to control their numbers, using humane nonlethal methods, which work more effectively than killing.”

To date, ACR has TNR’d close to 3,000 domestic cats in towns bordering Kruger National Park.
The African Wildcat Project expands ACR’s focus efforts geographically from
South Africa to any territory Felis lybica inhabits. Crowd-sourced data on AWC sightings is a novel venture made possible by the popularity of social media. Alley Cat Rescue encourages anyone who has personally seen an AWC to report the sighting to them via their Facebook page or survey at surveymonkey.com/r/AWCReport.


For more information about African Wildcats and ACR’s conservation projects, visit Saveacat.org/african-wildcats.html.

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