Caracal in Cape Town?
I’ve got a week long trip to Cape Town at the end of March. Sadly I’m not travelling with any die-hard mammal watchers, so opportunities will be slim but I wondered if anyone knew of anywhere half-decent for trying for Caracal?
Any help much appreciated!
I checked with Capetonian wildlife expert Trevor Hardaker, who told me “They do still occasionally get seen in the Botanical Gardens, but not terribly regularly these days, so it’s really hit and miss there. In fact, much like most places in Cape Town. I’ve been having some success in the Cape Point Reserve recently, particularly very early in the mornings. If I can be one of the first people through the gate in the mornings and be the first one driving the roads in the reserve, I’ve lucked into them a few times, particularly on the road down to Cape of Good Hope. Again, it’s nowhere near guaranteed, but the odds seem reasonable there at the moment..”
Let us know how you go Daniel!
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Daniel, you could check out the Urban Caracal Conservation in Capetown people on facebook. They ought to know. Judging by the pictures the places is swarming with them! I remember a year or so ago there were two young adults living in the Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens that were pretty habituated. I am trying to find out the latest news for you.