Saturday, July 08, 2006

Jungle Cats of Big Cat Rescue

The Jungle Cat, contrary to his name, is found in a variety of habitats but typically is not a frequenter of "jungles". Like the African wildcats and domestic cats, the Jungle Cat has been mummified and placed in tombs in Ancient Egypt. In India they prefer woodlands, open plains, grasslands, cropland and scrub. In Egypt they prefer swampy ground and reed beds.

Jungle Cats cats feed primarily on rodents, but also take hares, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, young chital and wild pigs. Being strong swimmers they will dive to catch fish.

In the wild, family groups of males, females and kittens have been seen together. In captivity, males are even more protective of kittens than females. The vocalization is a very loud "bark" as you would expect for a large breed of dog.