Hunting Caracal in South Africa

A strongly-built cat with large paws. It has tufts of long darker hair on the…

Caracal Characteristics

Scientific Name : Felis Caracal
Weight : 13 – 18kg
Shoulder Height : 40 -45cm 
Breeding Season : Year round
Minimum Rifle Calibre : 223
Hunting Caracal in South Africa

IDENTIFICATION: A strongly-built cat with large paws. It has tufts of long darker hair on the tips of its ears. It is this feature that was used to name the cat (“karakulak” is Turkish for black ears).

HABITAT: Dry savannah plains, scrub and woodland areas and in the rugged mountainous terrain regions of the deserts. Sufficient shelter is a requirement for Caracal. They are dependent on water.

BREEDING: Caracal can have up to 6 kittens at a time after a gestation period of 2-3months 71- 79 Days.

DIET: Caracal are carnivores and have very strong jaws. They usually hunt at night during the summer and during the day in colder seasons.

Caracals can survive long periods of time without water, their thirst is satisfied with the body fluids of their prey. Prey is usually in the form of small rodents and hares; however, they are known to attack larger mammals.

CHARACTERISTICS: Their strong hindquarters are used to propel them into the air to catch birds in flight.  They have been recorded knocking up to 12 birds out of the air at one time.

The jumping and climbing ability are also used to catch dassies among rocks.

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