what to see / Caracal


Introduction: The name caracal (Felis caracal) is derived from a Turkish word 'garah-gulak' or 'black ear'. They were once tamed and trained for bird hunting in Iran and India. They were put into arenas containing a flock of pigeons, and wagers were made as to how many the cat would take down, hence the origination of the expression 'to put a cat amongst the pigeons'. Apparently it is capable of leaping into the air and knocking down 10-12 birds at one time! Caracals are associated with open country and open savannah woodland areas and in particular scrubby, arid habitats. They are adept tree climbers that become solitary straight after mating. They can be freely observed at Okonjima Bush Camp, an AfriCat concern. Distribution: Caracal occurs widely in Namibia, except for in the Namib Desert. They are difficult to spot due to their nocturnal and highly secretive manner. Diet: They prefer birds, rodents, and other small mammals, but will take wh... read more  Read More