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Ecopark

Apex predators – cats
Caracal
Class Mammals
Order Хищные
Family Кошачьи
Distribution Africa and Asia
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES
Despite the modest size (body length is 65-82cm; body weight is 13-22kg), with the dexterity so characteristic of caracal, it is an exclusively formidable predator and one of the best bird hunters. This cat has an acute hearing, an ability to steal up like a ‘ninja’ and to act with lightning speed. The Latin name Caracal caracal has Turkic origin: the word “caracal” means “black ears.” “Ears” in this case means ear tufts (up to 5cm). The brush of coarse hair covers the legs making it easier to move on sand. Although caracal has long legs, it cannot run for a long time, like the other felines, so it hunts waiting for the victim and catching it after long jumps (up to 4.5m).
DIET
Caracal (also known as Persian lynx) catches mammals (from mice to gazelles) and all birds, including great bustards. In India and Persia, the caracals were trained as dogs to hunt birds, hares and small mammals.
LIFE EXPECTANCY
10‒15 years. In zoos they even reached 20