The Caracal is a memorable animal with its distinctive and prominent ears. In fact, the name “caracal” comes from the Turkish word “Karakulak” which means black ear! These beautiful cats are also sometimes called an African or Desert Lynx, but they are not actually a part of the Lynx family.
The caracal lives in woodlands, savannas and semi-deserts. They hunt at night and are able to climb trees and even swim and catch fish. They are carnivores and will eat a variety of small prey, like small mammals, birds, lizards, fish and more. As you can see, they are versatile and adaptable animals!
Caracals are solitary but sometimes live in pairs. They have litters of young, up to 6 at a time. The young stay with the mom for up to 10 months before going off to live on their own. In the wild they can live to about 10 years but in captivity they may live up to 16 years. As beautiful as they are in pictures, you can always see one of these amazing cats by visiting our park and enjoy them in person!