• Average weight male: 13 kg
  • Average weight female: 10 kg
  • Shoulder height male: 45 cm
  • Shoulder height female: 40 cm
  • Mating season: All year

The caracal, or ‘rooikat’ (red cat) as he is known in Afrikaans, is a relatively small lynx-like creature (a bit like North America’s bobcat). He is stockier than his close cousin the serval, and his fur varies from light red to a rather dark brick red. He is characterized by a rather short tail and prominent, distinct tufts on the ends of his ears. Males and females are relatively the same size.

The caracal is primarily a nocturnal creature, but can sometimes be spotted during daylight hours on cool days. He/she preys mainly on birds, small mammals and reptiles, but has also been known to take medium-sized antelope such as the duiker or steenbok.

In The Eastern Cape, hunting the caracal is normally done by using dogs and is most exciting. A spotlight at night over bait can also be effective.

Shotguns are used on the driven hunts with dog. In terms of rifle, just about any small caliber centerfire rifle is adequate for the taking of this little cat.