Caracals are strong enough to hunt large prey, too, regularly taking animals over twice their own weight. They have been documented to tackle creatures as big as adult impala, domestic calves, and young kudus. Even an adult ostrich, if sitting down, can fall victim to this versatile carnivore.
Status in the Wild
Caracals are sexually dimorphic (2 distinct gender forms), although it is is hard to tell. They are red-gray, yellow-gray, or brownish depending on which of the 9 subspecies it is. There is a dark spot over each eye and a dark line running backward over the head. Shadowy stripes and spots mark the insides of the leg and belly. Their chin, throat, and belly are white in color. Their fur is short and dense. They have long, black tinted ears that are edged in black and tipped with exceptionally long tufts of dark hair.
They are scarce in North Africa, South Africa, and parts of Asia.
Listed as of “least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)