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Caracal (Caracal caracal)

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Caracal in the Serengeti.
Photograph by Nick and Melissa Bake. Some rights reserved.


The Caracal is an elegant cat with short reddish-brown fur on the back and sides. The chin and throat and underside are white. The Caracal has distinctive long black ears with white at the ear base, and long tufts of black fur at the tips.


Total length: 83cm - 122cm. Tail length: 23cm - 31cm.


Caracals are found in woodland, savannah, scrub forests. Caracals use abandoned burrows, rock crevices or dense vegetation for their dens.


Caracals are carnivorous and prey on birds, rodents, and small antelopes. They stalk their prey before pouncing upon it. Caracals sometimes store remains of prey in tree forks or dense shrubs for later feeding.


The female Caracal gives birth to 1 - 6 cubs (average 3) after a gestation period of 78 - 81 days. Young are weaned after 10 - 25 weeks.


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Caracal profile
Photograph by € Van 3000. Some rights reserved.
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A caracal in National Zoo Washington
Photograph by smata2. Some rights reserved.