About Samburu Sokokes

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This is a SOKOKE

A rare breed of cat, newly introduced into the UK in the last few years. They come from the Arabuko Sokoke Rain Forest region of Kenya and because of the heat there, they do not have an undercoat, just a coarse, shiny and efficient top coat. They mostly have this African Tabby coat pattern, known by the natives as Kadzonzo which means “looks like tree bark”. There are some very rare ones who are spotted, or snow coated. Neither of these variations is recognised by T.I.C.A. The G.C.C.F. has not yet recognised the breed. Because the G.C.C.F. has not yet recognised the breed, Sokoke breeders register with T.I.C.A. or F.I.F.e. I have a prefix with T.I.C.A. which is SAMBURU. If you are interested in helping us take this breed forward, or just owning and loving one of these rare delights, please contact:-
Mrs Hilary Goodburn, 6 Plover Road, Hawkinge, Kent CT18 7TF
Tel 01303 893958 or Mob. 07931342202.


The SOKOKE cats get their name from the ARABUKO SOKOKE RAIN FOREST at Watamu, Kenya, very near to Mombassa. The local tribe called the cats Kadzonzo which means “looks like tree bark”, because of the distinctive ring patterns on the sides of the cats. This unique pattern has been naturally developed and is now being preserved by human intervention. The cats are almost extinct now in the wild.

When Jeni Slater found a litter of these domestic type cats in her garden on her coconut plantation she realised they were unusual so she took a pair from the litter and with the help of her staff she hand reared them. As the kitten grew they remained very different from other moggies. Jeni invited a Danish friend Gloria Moeldrup to see the cats and she also fell in love with these delightful babies. She decided to take a pair to Europe and then she imported 3 more SOKOKES.

If you would like to know more about this breed, or would like one for yourself, please come and talk to me, I am here at the show with my Tonkinese. Hilary Goodburn