Photo ©Hennie Victor
T he caracal is a beautiful, well-proportioned, predatory cat of medium size. Although common throughout the country, hunters see these animals very rarely.
Caracal hunt mainly birds. They are said to partly catch their prey in mid-air while pouncing. They are often found near waterholes frequented by guinea-fowl, francolin and sandgrouse. Caracal are generally nocturnal.
On cloudy and windy days, however, you can sometimes surprise them in the middle of the day. Hunting caracal depends for the most part on chance. Winter months are better for hunting them purposefully, because during this season nocturnal predators are occasionally observed while sunbathing.
|Shoulder Height:|| 45 cm
|Food:||Birds, small mammals, young of antelopes
|Gestation:||2 months, 2-4 young|
|Life expectancy:||12 years|