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Caracal caracal


Finally I managed to get a sighting of this very elusive cat!


They occur at much lower densities in Central and West Africa where the carnivore community is more diverse. They occupy a wide variety of habitats from semi-desert to relatively open savanna and scrubland to moist woodland and thicket or evergreen and montane forest such as in the Western Cape of South Africa. They prefer drier woodland and savanna regions with lower rainfall and some cover.[2] They also occur in the Saharan mountain ranges and semi-arid woodlands.[

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Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

I love those!

jeslowery 7 years ago

How cool!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Thx Jason and Juan!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago


Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Hi Guys new picture added to this spotting, just had to share!

MarcTe 8 years ago


KarenL 8 years ago

Fun fact! The saying, “to put the cat among the pigeons” was inspired by the caracal. This medium sized wild cat is capable of leaping into the air and knocking down up to a dozen birds at one time! Caracals were historically used for bird hunting in Asia and the Middle East. They were released into arenas with a flock of pigeons, and wagers were made as to how many birds each cat would take down.

LivesInADream 8 years ago


rams4d 8 years ago

Nice shot, congrats

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Thx everyone for your kind words!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

soooooo cute wow amazing

RiekoS 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting and beautiful animal.

I can feel the excitement!! It is a beauty, lovely animal, love those ears!! Thank you for sharing, Jared Hersch.

Wonderful !

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

amazing spotting, congrats on the encounter jared and thanks for sharing

Jared Hersch
Spotted by
Jared Hersch

Blue Crane Route Local Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 16, 2014
Submitted on Mar 16, 2014

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