Photo of the day – Caracal in Addo

Addo Elephant Park has developed into one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations and is a mere 120 km from Jeffreys Bay.

Despite the large herds of elephant and buffalo that can be seen all year round, there are a number of predators in the  Park, one of them being the Caracal.

Typically nocturnal, the caracal is highly secretive and difficult to observe.

It is territorial, and lives mainly alone or in pairs.

The caracal is a carnivore that typically preys upon small mammals, birds and rodents.

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It can leap higher than 3 metres and catch birds in mid-air.

It stalks its prey until it is within 5 metres (16 ft) of it, after which it runs it down, the prey being killed by a bite to the throat or to the back of the neck.

Photographer Stan Blumberg captured this image of a caracal in Addo Elephant Park.

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