√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
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√IUCN status and characteristics of the species
√Sariska T. R and Ranthanmbhore T. R
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