The life cycle of caracal cats (Caracal caracal) can be summarised as follows:
Caracal Oestrus: 1 - 6 days
Caracal Gestation: 68 - 81 days
Caracal Litter Size: 2 - 3 kittens (max 6)
Caracal Sub-Adult: 9 - 10 months
Caracal Sexual Maturity: 12 - 16 months (both genders)
Caracal Lifespan: Unknown in the wild - 19 years in captivity
Caracal facts reference: Wild Cats of the World by Luke Hunter (2015) based on the latest scientific research.
Caracal cats reproduce throughout the year with some seasonality in regions with distinct seasons.
Oestrus can last up to a week and gestation (pregnancy) is two to three months.
There are two to three Caracal kittens in a litter and they will stay with the mother until nine to ten months old.
Once independent, young females will start to seek a territory close to the mother but males will disperse widely
Both male and female Caracal sub-adults will become sexually mature from a year old and can breed for most of their adult life.
Mortality in the wild is usually due to the killing of adult Caracals by larger carnivores, or of kittens by the smaller carnivores and other predators. On farmlands in southern Africa, Caracals are hunted by landowners as they are perceived to be the cause of livestock losses.
The average lifespan in the wild is estimated at twelve years and Caracals in captivity have been reported living up to nineteen years.
These videos are about the African Caracal Cat also known as the African Lynx or Desert Lynx. This wild cat is well known for its beautiful large, tufted ears as well as its incredible leaping ability when hunting birds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME Caracal caracal
COMMON NAMES African Caracal, African Lynx, Asian Caracal, Persian Lynx, Caracal Lynx, Desert Lynx
Caracal Physical Characteristics: SIZE The Caracal is the largest of Africa's smaller cats, weighing between 11 and 20 kgs, and is classed as a 'medium-sized' cat. Males are about 25% larger than the females.