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Rare Sight of Caracals Spotted near Maclear Beach, Cape Point

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

A highlight of South Africa's vibrant wildlife came to the forefront recently, as a Cape Town resident, Brian van der Leer, came across an exceptional sight near Maclear Beach, Cape Point. He had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of observing a female caracal, distinctively recognisable by her one blind eye, alongside her adorable kitten.

Caracals, frequently referred to as African lynxes owing to their commanding tufted ears, have captivating life routines. The young ones usually nurse for about four to six months until their adult fangs start to emerge. However, they continue to stay with their mothers for nearly a full year, soaking in essential survival skills before embarking to carve their own territories.

Sights like these are a fervent reminder of the amazing wildlife that coexists in our environment. This awe-inspiring encounter emphasises the need to support initiatives like the Urban Caracal Project. This dedicated group focuses on researching Cape Town's diverse wildlife, including caracals, and advocates for their conservation through comprehensive educational initiatives.

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