Agriculture
Protecting Cows—and People—from a Deadly Disease
Earth-Friendly Fabrics
Watching out for vultures
Amphibians
Tree Frogs
Toads
Frogs and Toads
Animals
A Seabird's Endless Summer
New Elephant-Shrew
Elephant Mimics
Behavior
Copycat Monkeys
Reading Body Language
Internet Generation
Birds
Cassowaries
Roadrunners
Songbirds
Chemistry and Materials
A Diamond Polish for Ancient Tools
Flytrap Machine
Picture the Smell
Computers
Music of the Future
Troubles with Hubble
A New Look at Saturn's rings
Dinosaurs and Fossils
A Rainforest Trapped in Amber
An Ancient Spider's Web
The bug that may have killed a dinosaur
E Learning Jamaica
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
Earth
A Volcano's Deadly Ash
Earth from the inside out
Greener Diet
Environment
Cactus Goo for Clean Water
An Ocean View's Downside
When Fungi and Algae Marry
Finding the Past
Unearthing Ancient Astronomy
An Ancient Childhood
Ancient Art on the Rocks
Fish
Mahi-Mahi
Trout
Codfish
Food and Nutrition
The Color of Health
Sponges' secret weapon
In Search of the Perfect French Fry
GSAT English Rules
Problems with Prepositions
Pronouns
Order of Adjectives
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
Preparing for the GSAT Exam
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Ministry of Education Announces 82 GSAT Scholarships for 2010
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
GSAT Scholarship
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
GSAT Mathematics
GSAT Mathematics Quiz, Teaching Math, teaching anxiety
It's a Math World for Animals
Math is a real brain bender
Human Body
Surviving Olympic Heat
Germ Zapper
Music in the Brain
Invertebrates
Giant Clam
Crawfish
Crustaceans
Mammals
Pomeranians
Dingoes
Otters
Parents
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
Children and Media
How children learn
Physics
Black Hole Journey
The Pressure of Scuba Diving
Road Bumps
Plants
Tracking the Sun Improves Plant Pollen
Assembling the Tree of Life
City Trees Beat Country Trees
Reptiles
Gila Monsters
Chameleons
Lizards
Space and Astronomy
Witnessing a Rare Venus Eclipse
Evidence of a Wet Mars
Slip-sliding away
Technology and Engineering
Riding Sunlight
Smart Windows
Slip Sliming Away
The Parts of Speech
What is a Noun
Adjectives and Adverbs
What is a Verb?
Transportation
Morphing a Wing to Save Fuel
Seen on the Science Fair Scene
Tinkering With the Basic Bike
Weather
Either Martians or Mars has gas
In Antarctica watch the heat (and your step)
Watering the Air
Add your Article

Wildcats

The wildcat Felis silvestris, sometimes "wildcat" or "wild-cat" especially when distinguishing from other wild species of felines, is a small predator native to Europe, the western part of Asia, and Africa. It is a hunter of small mammals, birds, and other creatures of a similar size. There are several subspecies which occur in different world regions, including also the ubiquitous domestic cat Felis silvestris catus, which has been introduced to every habitable continent and most of the world's larger islands, and has become feral in many of those environments. Habitat: In its native environment, the wildcat is adaptable to a variety of habitat types: savanna, open forest, and steppe. Although domesticated breeds show a great variety of shapes and colours, wild individuals are medium-brown with black stripes, between 50 and 80 cm (20–32 inches) in length, and weigh between 3 and 6 kilograms (6–13 pounds). The African subspecies tends to be a little smaller and a lighter brown in colour. Shy cats: Wildcats are extremely timid. They avoid coming too close to human settlements. They live solitarily and hold territories of about 3 km² each. The European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) inhabits forests of Western, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in Scotland and Turkey; it is not found in Scandinavia, Iceland, England, Wales, and Ireland. Its physical appearance is much bulkier than that of the desert cats and domestic cats. The thick fur and size are distinguishing traits; a wildcat normally would not be mistaken for a domestic cat. In contrast to domestic cats, they are most active in the daytime. Pure? Wildcats were common in the European Pleistocene era; when the ice vanished, they became adapted to a life in dense forests. In most European countries they have become very rare. Although legally protected, they are still shot by hunters taking them for domestic cats. In Scotland, interbreeding with feral cats is also a threat to the wild population. It is not known to what extent the interbreeding has affected or replaced the wild population, and although some have claimed that there are no "pure" wildcats left at all, there is still considerable disagreement. Locations and loss of habitat: Two subspecies coexisted in large numbers in the Iberian Peninsula: the common European subspecies, F. s. silvestris, north of the Douro and Ebro rivers, and the giant Iberian subspecies F. s. tartessia, in the rest of the territory. The last is one of the heaviest subspecies of Felis silvestris; In his book Pleistocene Mammals of Europe (1963), palaeontologists Dr. Björn Kurtén noted that this subspecies conserves the same size of the form that lived in all Europe during the Pleistocene. Although Spain and Portugal are the West European countries with the greatest population of wildcats, the animals in these region are threatened by breeding with feral cats and loss of habitat. Smaller African Desert Cat: The African wildcat or desert cat (Felis silvestris libyca) is distributed over deserts and savannahs of Africa and the Arabian peninsula. It is considerably smaller than the European subspecies and has shorter fur. The African wildcat is believed to be the ancestor of the domestic cat, since it is tamer than the European wildcats and active at night. Domestic sized wildcat: The Asiatic wildcat, Asian steppe wildcat or Indian desert cat (Felis silvestris ornata) primarily inhabits the Rajasthan desert and in Rann of Kutch in India. It is about the size of a domestic cat with a pale yellowish body marked with black spots. This is currently an endangered species partly due to poaching for its prized skin. Idolizing Cats: Although some authorities claim that domestication of cats took place as early as 8000 BC, the oldest indisputable evidence is Egyptian depictions from about 4000 BC. However, a 2004 discovery in Shillourokambos, Cyprus provides strong evidence of at least the taming, if not domestication, of wildcats circa 7500 BC.

Wildcats
Wildcats








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™