• The fastest of the smaller African wildcats, caracals are supreme hunters. 
  • stiff fur cushioning their footpads makes them nearly silent stalkers.
  • The tuftsmay enhance sound going into their ears or be used to communicate—via twitches and other movements—with other caracals.


  • Include habitat destruction due to agriculture and retaliation killing, as caracals will hunt small livestock if given the opportunity.
  • Landowners in Namibia and South Africa are permitted to kill a caracal when it is considered a threat to their property and animals

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