Introducing the newest arrivals at Shamwari’s rehabilitation centre. Three caracal kittens!
These kittens were found on a farm, their mother possibly killed by the farmer.
Caracals are seen as a ‘problem predator’ on livestock farms in South Africa.
They have been known to kill lambs over lambing season and together with other ‘problem predators’ such as jackals, they cause over 1.3 billion Rands of damage every year.
These caracal kittens will be reared by the animal rehab team and Shamwari Conservation Volunteers get involved in feeding time and the cleaning of cages.
If successfully reared, they will be released on to the reserve.
The 25,000 hectare malaria free Shamwari Reserve, based in the beautiful Eastern Cape, is one of the largest in the area and is home to an incredible concentration of wildlife, meaning that volunteers will get to see and work with many of Africa’s amazing animals.
Caracal, often called a desert lynx, comes from the Turkish word “karakulak” meaning “black ear.”
Fun Caracal Facts
- The pupils of a caracal’s eyes contract to circles rather than slits.
- The phrase “to put the cat among the pigeons” refers to the caracal, who were trained as bird hunters at one time in India and Iran.
- A caracal’s hind legs are noticeably longer than his front legs.
- Caracals are often killed for suspected predation on small livestock. They are also hunted for their fur and meat.