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Caracal in the Serengeti
Caracal in South Africa
A caracal in National Zoo Washington
The caracal is also commonly known as the Persian Lynx or African Lynx despite the fact that the caracal is not a lynx at all. The caracal is thought to be most closely related to the African golden cat and the serval.

The caracals name is believed to come from the Turkish word Karakulak, which means black ears. The caracal typically has 20 different muscles in the caracals ears which enables the caracal to detect prey.

The caracal is a medium sized cat however, with the caracal, its size appears to make little difference on what the caracal hunts. Scientists have found dead ostriches with caracal tooth-marks in them, meaning that the caracal is fast enough to outrun and catch an ostrich, and strong enough to overpower it and kill it.

The caracal has also been known to leap up into the air to successfully catch and kill flying birds. The caracals are excellent acrobats and can land safely.

The caracal is normally dark red, grey, or golden sand in colour and as the caracals name suggests, the caracals ears are black, with tufts. Young caracals bear reddish spots on the underbelly that disappear when they grow up.

The caracal mainly hunts rodents, birds (including ostriches), antelopes, gazelles, and rabbits. The caracal tends to avoid eating very stiff fur by neatly shearing it off with their claws, but they are tolerant of feathers.

The caracal can live up to around 12 years in the wild, with some adult caracals living to 17 years old in captivity. The caracal is found in Africa and Southwest Asia, where the caracal prefers grasslands (savannas and tropical grasslands), and deserts.


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Caracal Translations

Bulgarian български език
Каракал
 
Catalan Català
Caracal
 
Czech Cesky
Karakal
 
Danish Dansk
Karakal
 
German Deutsch
Karakal
 
English English
Caracal
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Karakalo (besto)
 
Spanish Español
Caracal caracal
 
Estonian Eesti
Karakal
 
Finnish Suomi
Aavikkoilves
 
French Français
Caracal
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
קרקל
 
Hungarian Magyar
Karakál
 
Italian Italiano
Caracal caracal
 
Japanese 日本語
カラカル
 
Latin Latina
Caracal
 
Dutch Nederlands
Caracal (dier)
 
Norwegian Norsk
Karakal
 
Polish Polski
Karakal
 
Portuguese Português
Caracal
 
Romanian Româna
Caracalus caracal
 
Swedish Svenska
Ökenlo
 
Turkish Türkçe
Karakulak
 
Chinese 中文
獰貓
 

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Caracal Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Felidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Caracal
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Caracal Caracal
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
65cm - 90cm (2ft - 3ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
11kg - 18kg (24lbs - 40lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
80km/h (50mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
12 - 15 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Tan, Brown, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Hares
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Dry woodland and savannah
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
3
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Hares, Mice, Antelope
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Hyena, Lions
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Long, black ear tufts and short fur

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