Rocky – eyes of the caracal

Dear readers,

hello from the Cederberg Mountains where some clouds are starting to build up, bringing with them a bit of a cool shade. Good weather to check out the traps and put some cameras along trails.

Today, I just would like to introduce you to Rocky, the adult male caracal we are currently trying to recapture (he only has a VHF collar at the moment and we would like to fit him with a GPS one).

This picture was taken by one of the Cape Leopard Trust’s remote cameras in a late afternoon, around 6pm. Isn’t he handsome? Not so surprising he has such a good hearing with so big ears. And have you seen his feet? Perfect to run and jump!

Let’s look at some of his previous GPS data now (Rocky was equipped with a GPS collar in 2009 but no longer has it because the battery died) . Here is a map of Rocky’s locations between August 2009 and March 2010. Good hiker Rocky! Matjiesrivier is the place I am currently staying at.

We currently have 10 different kinds of traps set up to catch leopards/caracals. May the luck be on our side! I hope to write very soon that we caught another of this elusive feline!

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