Kitwana is a very social caracal who enjoys coming up to see who is visiting him.  He is quite the talker as well.  He is darker than Carolina Tiger Rescue’s other caracals.

Born April 29, 2008

Rescued October 4, 2016

How Kitwana Came to the Sanctuary

Kitwana came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with his enclosure-mate, Zari, and fourteen other animals from a facility in Colorado. This facility was closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.

Personality

Kitwana is a very social caracal who loves to come up and greet guests.  He can also be quite the talker.  Kitwana loves to chirp and purr for guests.  He loves enrichment and enjoys spending time on his platforms.

Description

Kitwana is a show stopper.  He has a gorgeous tawny coat and ear tufts that are a bit longer than Zari’s but still stand up straight.

Where in Sanctuary

Kitwana and his enclosure-mate, Zari, live on the tour path in Pear Orchard across from Sheba and Sebastian Lions. They live next to Electra Caracal and in front of Savannah Serval.

Habitat Loss

Caracals, like Zari, are very adaptable cats, however the biggest problem they are facing in the wild is habitat destruction.  Habitat loss is the number one reason the caracal population is declining.  Habitat loss is directly due to the growth of the human population, urban sprawling and the need for more agricultural farms that require vast amounts of land. It is not only the caracal that is affected by habitat loss but also its prey.  Many migratory species are unable to complete their migration due to urban developments.  This has a direct impact on the land and on the predators who hunt the migrants.  It is vital that lands be protected so animals such as the caracal can continue to thrive.

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