Caracals are solitary cats. Female caracals will take care of their kittens until they are around a year old and then the kittens leave to find their own territories. In Africa, Caracals are known as “Little Lions” for their fierce attitudes and aggressive nature.
- Reddish-brown, tawny colored fur
- Black ears with long tufts of hair at the tips
- White bellies
Caracals live in Africa and the Middle East in a variety of habitats including woodlands, savannas, and semi-deserts. They live in mostly arid habitats with some rainfall and cover. A caracal will typically remain in its territory its entire life; females have smaller habitats than male caracals.
23-36 inches long
3 feet long
Caracals can jump 10 feet up in the air
10 feet tall
- Small Antelopes
Caracals are excellent bird catchers and can swat one out of the air as it flies by.
- Habitat Loss
Caracals are losing a lot of their habitat to farmers and urbanization.
- Retaliatory Killings
Farmers hunt caracals when they take their livestock.