Wild cats (Felis silvestris) are or were found in a roughly continuous distribution across much of Africa (not restricted only to savannas, as is often stated), the Middle East, and Europe, and possibly disjunct in Southeast Asia (though I suspect that wild populations were continuous across southern Asia). The most “wild” (not admixed with domestic kitties) and well studied population is in the Kalahari (see photo above), where it is actually fairly easy to see them in the wild. They are quite common there. In fact, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one….
This Year in Review item is about cat evolution. Which is happening right now in my house, where one of the two kittens just jumped off the kitchen table and got it’s head stuck in the slats of a chair. Good thing they mostly sleep all day or they would not survive the week.