Sometimes called "African lynx" or "desert lynx", these tufted-eared cats are about three feet long, with a tail about a foot long, and reddish brown fur, except for a white chin, throat, and belly, and a black line running from each eye to the nose.
Northern Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and southwestern Asia
Woodlands, savanna, and scrub forest
Caracals are strict carnivores, hunting rodents, birds, and small deer.
Litter of one to six young, with an average of three.
Active at night; solitary or paired.
In the wild, caracals live for about 12 years. In captivity, they may live up to 17 years.
Caracals' ears are each controlled by about 20 muscles to help these hunters better determine where prey is hiding. The tufts of fur offer an added advantage in pinpointing prey.