The Caracals in Uganda ~ Caracal caracal

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  2. The Caracals in Uganda
  • Life span: 12 years
  • Weight: 7.2 – 19 kg
  • Height: 40–45 cm


The Caracals in Uganda: is a medium sized cat found in open habitats, and easily identified by its uniform reddish-coat and tufted ears. In Uganda, it is spotted in Kidepo Valley national park.

This medium-size wildcat roams the savannas, deserts, and forests of much of Africa and parts of the Middle East. Its coat is typically a tawny or reddish gold with a white chin, throat, and underside.

All cats are regal, of course, but the caracal actually seems to have a crown: Its large, pointy ears, tipped with black and tufted, are a trademark of the species.

These extraordinary ears each have over 20 muscles that swivel around like satellite dishes to detect sounds of their prey. The tufts may enhance sound going into their ears or be used to communicate—via twitches and other movements—with other caracals.

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