African Golden Cat sighting from 2017: Bwindi, Uganda
A few weeks ago I posted a link to a facebook story about this wonderful sighintg. The author – Patrick Gijsbers – has kindly sent me a bit more information now to share. I have since heard from a couple of other people who have seen them there. But a lot of people visit Bwindi so it doesn’t sound like the species is common there.
Here’s what Patrick said.
Sunday, 19th of november 2017. 2:42 in the afternoon. Overcast day.
I had just visited the gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and was driving back from the trek in the van. The cat was about 50 meters in front our van. It was totally relaxed while crossing the road. It noticed us and just decided to cross back the way it had come from. Not scared or running. I saw it for about 20 seconds. Shots where taken through the glass of the window of the car.I was amazed this cat was so relaxed. It didn’t run away. Just glanced at us a couple of times and then slowly entered the bushes again.
Are they often seen there?
The local driver who was with me though had no clue what it was and asked me what it was. He’d never seen this animal before. And he was a Ugandan driver doing this work for about 25 years.