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Caracal caracal


Medium sized African cat. Quite secretive and although sometimes active in the daytime, rarely seen. The Caracal is listed as a species of least concern.


Ngorongoro crater near a picnic area near water. The cat was in tall grass where normally it would go completely unnoticed, except for the keen eye of our very experienced guide/driver. We were afforded a good 15 minutes of viewing, and the cat was obviously not happy finding himself so near humans. The picnic area is up against the edge of the crater, where denser grasses and underbrush and fewer grazing species made for better cover. It was getting ready to rain and them temperature cooled quite dramatically, making for ideal spotting conditions.


Taken with 1000mm equiv with a Fuji hs50 bridge camera. Last pictures shows how easily they blend into their surroundings, as they scan the shorter grass for prey

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maplemoth662 2 years ago

Six, beautiful photos....

KarenSaxton 2 years ago

Thank you, Leuba!
Our guide stopped the land cruiser and said, cameras now. This is your only chance. Best wildlife guide we've had a on a trip...... ever.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Good photos and information. Thanks Karen.

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Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Jan 15, 2018
Submitted on Jan 15, 2018

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