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 mates Zari and 4 other animals from a facility out in west.  This facility was closed down due when the owner fell ill.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. 


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.  Kitwana loves enrichment and enjoys spending time on his platforms.


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 across from Sheba and Sebastian Lions. They live next to Simon 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 and this has a direct impact on the land and the predators who hunt them. It is vital that lands be protected so animals such as the caracal can continue to thrive.

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