Scientific name: Caracal caracal
Family: Felidae (cats)
Classification: Mammalia (mammals)
Place of Origin: Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and arid areas of Pakistan and northwestern India
Lifespan (in wild): 12-17 years
Weight: 15-42 pounds
Body size: 33-48 inches long
Top speed: 50 mph.
Habitat: Caracals typically use abandoned porcupine burrows and rock crevices for maternal dens, but can be found with their young in dense vegetation
- The caracal is the origin of the expression ‘put the cat among the pigeons’. In ancient India and Iran, trained caracals were released into arenas containing a flock of pigeons. Wagers were then placed on how many birds the cat would take down in a leap
- Through their strong hind legs, they can jump 10 feet (3 meters) high even in a sitting position – the height of the basketball hoop!. Their powerful hind legs propel them into the air, making them expert tree climbers and hunters
- Caracal is the fastest of the smaller African wildcats. Many sources claim they can reach a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h) for short bursts
- The ear tips of the caracal are pointed and hairy, their ears are used to locate prey and are controlled by 20 individual muscles.
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