International Society For Endangered Cats

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Black-footed Cats On The Move

Photo © Dr. Alex Sliwa

These small cats have immense home ranges, and about 70% of the night is spent hunting. They move between 4.5 and 16 km, averaging 8.5 km per night. These distances represent odometer readings of the tracking vehicle, while 16 km moved by the truck would more realistically correspond to more than 30 km moved by the cat
zig-zagging between bushes and termite mounds.

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2 responses to “Black-footed Cats On The Move

  1. Pat Bumstead February 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Dr. Sliwa has commented on this post.

    This is actually a wild female cat “Venus” I had collared in 1998. She was very good looking and had a very nice temperament and lived in short grass habitat. A cat I would have loved to watch more. The pictures shows how nimbly they run, once they’ve spotted something and want to close the gap quickly, but not ready for a full attack on the prey animal yet.

  2. Mimi February 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    these cats look so tiny, just like my smallest house cat! (except for the wild spots)

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