The Brandywine Zoo has a caracal named Blue. Blue was born June 6, 2016 and acquired on July 19, 2023 from Little Rock Zoo.
Caracals are typically found in woodlands, thickets, and scrub forest, plains and rocky hills are also common habitats.
GEOGRAPHIC REGION AND RANGE
Caracals are distributed over much of Africa, Central Asia and southwestern Asia.
Carnivores. Eat mostly birds and small mammals but occasionally reptiles as well. In the zoo, they eat a feline diet consisting of meat (feline meatballs, etc.) and boiled eggs.
A sleek, short-haired cat with reddish-brown fur and black tufts of hair on their pointed ears. Their undersides are white and, similar to African golden cats, are adorned with many small spots.
The trademark features of caracals are their elongated and black-tufted ears. Their legs are relatively long and the hind legs are disproportionately tall and well-muscled.
Wild: 12 years
Under Human Care: Up to 20 years
Predation on small livestock has resulted in the extermination of thousands of caracals annually. This is especially the case in South Africa and Namibia, where predator control programs have been put in place. As caracals are capable of taking small domestic livestock, they are often subject to persecution. Habitat destruction is a threat to caracals in central, west, north, and northeast Africa.
They are the largest and the fastest of the small cats. They can leap up to 10 feet!
Like all cats, each caracal’s whiskers are attached in a unique pattern, similar to a fingerprint.
The word caracal is from a Turkish word that means “black-eared.”