Caracal

Common Name: Caracal
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felinae (Caracal)
Species: Caracal
Sub Species: None

Size and Appearance: The Caracal can grow from 23.5-36 in and can weigh from 13-42 lb. The Caracal is usually reddish brown, with a white chin, throat, stomach, and have a narrow black line from the eye to its nose and it has long ears with long black tufts on the tip of each ear.

Diet: The Caracal's main part of its diet is a bird. It is well known for its ability to jump straight up and bat or grab birds with its paws and can jump as high as 10 ft. Caracals also eat rodents, hares, hyraxes, and small antelope. Unlike other small big cats, Caracals do not hesitate to take down something much larger than itself such as adult springbok.

Distribution: Caracals live in most of Africa and in parts of South Asia. Sometimes, the Caracal is tamed by hunters in India and Iran and used to assist them in hunting.

Social System: Although the Caracal is solitary, it sometimes forms small groups. The Caracal is very territorial and marks its home range with urine.

Habitat: The Caracal lives in the the desert and its habitat is quite like the one of the Lion. It sometimes makes its dens in porcupine borrows, rocky crevices, or dense vegetation.





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A Caracal






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A Caracal hunting