Peter Morgan captured footage of a beautiful caracal family crossing Chapman’s Peak in October 2023 – The Urban Caracal Project shared the footage.
Chapman’s Peak, South Africa (26 November 2023) – The Urban Caracal Project shared footage filmed by Peter Morgan on Chapman’s Peak, to show a beautiful Caracal family. The video highlights what the project is working so hard to protect.
The Caracal is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and India. The mammal is characterised by a robust build, long legs, a short face, long tufted ears and long canine teeth.
Typically nocturnal, the Caracal is highly secretive and difficult to observe. They are territorial and live mainly alone.
This family unit has been spotted twice now, giving Capetonians and the world, a reason to smile. The elusive species offering a glimpse into its life is a great way to raise awareness for its plight.
These beautiful creatures often find themselves at the mercy of busy Cape Town roads. Many a time, we have lost these precious creatures to hit-and-run accidents when they are crossing busy roads. Peter’s footage highlights how the young wildcats are still learning to use Chapman’s Peak Drive, to get from A to B.
The Urban Caracal Project is studying the species and working to raise awareness to help prevent incidents with the public. One of the most important ways community members can help the Urban Caracal Project is to report sightings, especially if pictures can be provided, and to report roadkill as soon as possible.
You can find out all about The Urban Caracal Project via the website here and learn how to further support their efforts.
As this specific family has been spotted at this point in the road on several occasions now, the team have guessed that the mother must have a den site nearby. With each sighting, these kittens grow bigger and stronger and soon, they will take off into the wild to forge their own lives, find safe territory and hopefully expand their own families in time. But until then, we can enjoy the three caracals living together.
So if you find yourself on Chapman’s Peak Drive, drive slow and keep a lookout, you might just catch a sighting that is even more beautiful than the scenery.
Take a look at the sighting below.
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