Keeping caracals in ancient history is closely linked to the keeping of cheetahs.

Both species were trained for hunting in the Arabian and Asian region.

While the first proof of tamed cheetahs is well documented and can be retraced until 3000 B.C., the keeping of caracals cannot be dated back to a certain period.

“Akbar The Great”, mogul of India (1542-1605) kept beside more than 1000 (in words: one thousand) hunting cheetahs, also several caracals.

A hunting party of Hawks, two Caracals

and a Cheetah in India 1920

(Divyabhanusinh, 1995)

Besides smaller birds like pigeons, crows and kites, also bigger ones like peacocks or bustards were hunted with caracals, although the main prey was hares  and smaller gazelles.

Caracals are capable to attack and kill prey a lot bigger than themselves. In the countries of their origin they prey also on livestock like goats and sheep, which results often in finishing their lives in a trap or rifle fire.

 

 

Our caracals occupy a natural enclosure, either alone or in pairs, of approx. 500sqm. All exits are connected directly to the residential house and are accessible via a central passage in order to ensure better supervision. In addition, our animals have a large compound of 50.000 sqm at their disposal daily, where they can play freely, as well as go hunting.

This mobility option ensures an optimized metabolic function, good muscle development and overall fitness.

As basic nutrition we feed our caracals freshly slaughtered fowl, as this comes closest to their natural prey – caracals are excellent bird hunters. In addition they feed on self-caught wild rabbits and hares.

Only caracal pups in the growth phase are additionally fed very young chickens, of which the bones are edible, in order to ensure a balanced mineral supply. We particularly emphasize that each caracal can ingest the complete biological entity, i.e. all valuable components such as muscle, bone parts, as well as inner organs. We can therefore completely forgo the additional supplementation of vitamins and mineral mixtures.

All our caracals are absolutely tame and walk on a leash, obey a whistle and extremely enjoy going by car. Thus they tolerate any handling, examination and treatment without medical immobilization. Hence, due to their full trust to humans, they live completely stress-free and fearless.