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Latin name

 

Caracal caracal

Family

 

Large mammals

Size

 

40-45 cm

Weight

 

7 - 19 kg

Colour

 

Coat reddish, varying from pale sandy to brick-red along back with paler, usually spotted, abdomen. The face has black-and-white markings. The pointed ears end in long black tufts.

Appearance

 

The serval, which is roughly the same size but yellow and spotted with black.

Habitat

 

Open, dry country from semi-desert to savanna. Sleeps in crevices among rocks, stones or fallen trees, dense cover, trees or appropriated burrows.