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Current affair diary 18/1/2021

Subject: Environment

The caracal

√It is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and India.

√It is Typically nocturnal.

√The caracal is highly secretive and difficult to observe.

√It lives mainly alone or in pairs.

√The caracal is a carnivore

√Caracals were tamed and used for hunting in ancient Egypt.

√In India, the caracal occurs in Sariska Tiger Reserve and Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

√IUCN Red List: Least Concern since 2002

√Threats: Habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, the building of roads and settlements

√CITES status: (1) African caracal populations – Appendix II; (2) Asian populations – Appendix I

?focus area for prelims 2021:
√IUCN status and characteristics of the species
√Sariska T. R and Ranthanmbhore T. R


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