Caracal. Photo: unattributed.
In captivity, caracals have lived to be sixteen years old.
The reference for this information is (a) R.H.N. Smithers in The mammals of the Southern African subregion published by the University of Pretoria in 1983 and (b) C.T. Stuart and T.D. Stuart in Age determination and development of foetal and juvenile Felis caracal published in 1985.
The internet generally states that the lifespan of caracals is between 12 to 15 years. If caracals have lived to 16-years-of-age in captivity I’d expect this medium-sized wild cat to live up to 10-12 years in the wild but it is unwise to try and provide averages as lifespan will vary widely due to a range of life-shortening circumstances.
The lifespan in captivity is very similar to that of the domestic cat. By contrast, and out of curiosity, a similar size cat, the bobcat, has lived to 25 and even 32-years-of-age in captivity.
If you want an answer to the question in the title you're going to have to phone up the authorities ...Read More
'Caracal' is an English word. The black-backed ears of this medium-sized athletic wild cat is the source of its English ...Read More
Licences are required for all animals listed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. The caracal is listed under the ...Read More
The Washington State Department of Agriculture's website states that it is illegal to possess wild animals. The caracal is a ...Read More
Caracals are legal in California provided you have a permit under 14 CCR § 671. Importation, Transportation and Possession of ...Read More
This is a lovely picture of a cute caracal kitten taken by the staff at Exmoor Zoo (I believe). The ...Read More
Yes, caracals purr. The caracal possesses the usual range of feline sounds including meowing (more like a bird chirping when ...Read More