(Felis silvestris lybica. Afrikaan)
The African wildcat (subspecies lybica) is generally accepted as the ancestor of today's domestic cat. Gordon's wildcat is found in the Mid-East (Arabian) countries. The Scottish subspecies is listed as Vulnerable. Limited to less than 5000 square kilometers in northern Scotland, as many as 80 percent are hybridized with the domestic cat.
African wildcat photos were taken at De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre