Caracal caracal

The purpose of the caracal’s characteristic long black ear tufts is still debated. They may enhance facial expressions and are used as signals in communication. Another theory is that the ear tufts contribute to the caracal’s hearing ability. In any case, the caracal’s tufts are longer than on bobcat and lynx.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Night Hunters
lengthLength: 1.8 to 2.5 ft
weightWeight: 35 to 61 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 13 yrs
habitatHabitat: Savannah, scrubland, and semi-desert
dietDiet: Rodents, hyraxes, hares, small antelopes, and birds