What role do Caracals play in the eco-system?

The Urban Caracal Project was established in November 2014 to investigate how the consequences of urbanization impact caracals in the Cape Peninsula.

CapeTalk’s Mike Wills (standing for John Maytham) spoke to Dr. Laurel Serieys, the Urban Caracal Project co-ordinator.

According to Serieys, caracals are abundant in the peninsula and to make their investigations easier they have radio collared 12 of them to detect factors that are threatening their population.

Listen to the full conversation below:

So far they have detected that human activities are threatening the survival of caracals.

  • Caracals are hit by cars
  • Caracals contract diseases, possibly from domestic cats
  • They are poisoned by chemicals people put around their houses for reptiles

Serieys said that caracals have a key role in eco-system function and contributing to the health of the ecosystem in the cape peninsula.

Having more information about caracals in Table Mountain National Park and other green areas of the Peninsula will help to assess the health of the ecosystem as well as other wildlife, she says.


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