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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: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

Caracal Location

Map of Caracal Locations
Map of Africa

Caracal

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.

Caracal Translations

български език
Каракал
Català
Caracal
Cesky
Karakal
Dansk
Karakal
Deutsch
Karakal
English
Caracal
Esperanto
Karakalo (besto)
Español
Caracal caracal
Eesti
Karakal
Suomi
Aavikkoilves
Français
Caracal
עִבְרִית
קרקל
Magyar
Karakál
Italiano
Caracal caracal
日本語
カラカル
Latina
Caracal
Nederlands
Caracal (dier)
Norsk
Karakal
Polski
Karakal
Português
Caracal
Româna
Caracalus caracal
Svenska
Ökenlo
Türkçe
Karakulak
中文
獰貓

Caracal Comments

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First Published: 30th December 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 30 Dec 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 30 Dec 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 30 Dec 2008]

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