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Caracal
Caracal
Caracal at the Toronto Zoo, Canada
Information
Common Name Desert Lynx
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Caracal
Species Caracal caracal
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The caracal (Caracal caracal), also known as the desert lynx, is a wild cat that is widely distributed across Africa, central Asia and southwest Asia into India. The word "caracal" comes from French caracal which was borrowed from Ottoman Turkish قره‌قولاق kara-kulak. In 2002 the IUCN listed the caracal as Least Concern as it is widespread and relatively common. The felid is considered threatened in north Africa, and rare in the central Asian republics and India.

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Behavior[]

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Diet[]

The caracal feeds on rats, mice and antelope. Its favorite food are rats

Lifespan[]

The caracal usually lives up to 12-15 years.

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Facts[]

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Extant Carnivora species

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Genera of civets, mongooses, hyenas, cats, and their extinct allies

Taxon identifiers
Caracal caracal
  • Wikidata: Q30847
  • Wikispecies: Caracal caracal
  • ADW: Caracal_caracal
  • ARKive: caracal-caracal
  • BioLib: 1933
  • BOLD: 73490
  • CoL: QZRR
  • EoL: 312855
  • EPPO: KARACA
  • EUNIS: 8383
  • Fossilworks: 224078
  • GBIF: 2435010
  • iNaturalist: 42042
  • IRMNG: 11060971
  • ITIS: 552775
  • IUCN: 3847
  • MSW: 14000014
  • NBN: NHMSYS0000376494
  • NCBI: 61394
  • Species+: 4645
  • TSA: 3468
Felis caracal
  • Wikidata: Q109647287
  • CoL: 3DXV2
  • GBIF: 2435013
  • ITIS: 622016

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Categories:

  • IUCN Red List least concern species
  • Caracal (genus)
  • Mammals of Western Asia
  • Mammals of India
  • Mammals of the Middle East
  • Mammals of Pakistan
  • Fauna of Egypt
  • Mammals of the Arabian Peninsula
  • Fauna of Jordan
  • Felids of Africa
  • Desert fauna
  • Mammals described in 1776
  • Mammals of Turkey
  • Mammals of Africa
  • Mammals of Asia
  • This page was last edited on 10 March 2023, at 14:52 (UTC).
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