A caracal jumping in the wild.

  • The caracal's name is believed to come from the Turkish word Karakulak, which means "black ears." The caracal typically has 20 different muscles in the caracal's ears that helps the caracal to hear prey.
  • Caracals are nocturnal (hunting at night) and solitary. They eat almost anything they can catch including rodents, birds and small deer.
  • Caracals have even been known to attack sitting ostriches.
  • A caracal's hind legs are noticeably longer than their front legs. This propels them high in the air and gives them a springboard for leaping.
  • To catch birds and other prey, caracals can jump up to 10 feet, which is as high as a professional basketball hoop.