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lmonmm

@africaaddict  Holy cow- I am awe struck.....what incredible photos....wow.....wow.....wow....

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SafariChick

@africaaddict Wow wow wow! Those are gorgeous! I think the caracal is the African animal I'd most like to see that I haven't yet seen - might have to make a trip to Namiri Plains, didn't know if was known for seeing them! when were you there?

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Kitsafari

just that caracal on the kill would have made the trip but you had four sightings! totally jealous. 

 

awesome photos of one of the most beautiful small wild cats in the world! 

 

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Peter Connan

Well, @africaaddict, you certainly made the best possible use of the opportunity!

 

Magnificent.

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Caracal

What an amazing sighting! I would never imagined that a caracal would tackle an adult Thompsons Gazelle.

 

Superb photos @africaaddict.

 

I've waited longer than 36 years but now I have renewed hope that maybe one day......?!

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pomkiwi

My first caracal sighting

 

In the Madikwe this weekend and a call came that there was a caracal moving steadily through open terrain.

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He or she (although something this pretty can only be a female surely?) was walking through the grass in a fixed direction. She seemed oblivious of the vehicles and sat and groomed herself in a way reminiscent of a domestic cat.

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I now think I've found my new favourite cat :)

 

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These taken with a Nikon D500, 80-400mm lens @ 400mm, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 100.  

Sometimes I feel very, very lucky...

 

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Game Warden

Lucky indeed @pomkiwi - lovely...

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KI-NRT

Spotted during a night drive at Selinda in Sept. 2018.

 

Still have yet to see a Caracal in the wild.

 

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Game Warden

We need some more small cats in this topic... So who can oblige?

 

Matt

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BieneMaja

I can :) Even with a very rare one - a melanistic serval. He was very cooperative, stayed with us for a while and caught a mouse!

 

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Game Warden

Great sequence @BieneMaja :) 

 

Matt

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Soukous

Serval

Hwange NP. May 2019

 

Serval

 

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Serval

 

Serval

 

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BieneMaja

Thank you, Matt!

 

Got some bonus material as well ;) One more shot of the serval jumping into the other direction... It's away from us, but I love that you can see the spots as the light is on the serval.

 

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BieneMaja

Oh and I forgot to mention: all these photos have been taken in the Serengeti in March 2020

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Soukous

Jungle Cat

Corbett Tiger Reserve, India. Feb 2018

 

Jungle Cat

 

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inyathi
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Just because I haven't added any shots before, here are some servals taken in Zakouma National Park in Chad where these cats are extremely common. 

 

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Serval Zakouma National Park in Chad by inyathi, on Flickr

 

 

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Sebastian Kennerknecht

Incredible photos everyone. Very inspiring. Keep them coming! I just joined this incredible community today, and wild cats are my true love so I loved going through the photos!

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campsafari2015
On 2/24/2017 at 12:03 AM, optig said:

I just saw a serval for only the second time in a place where one would least expect to see one-Nairobi national park. I was quite surprised.

Before I visited in 2017, I read that they have an unusually healthy population there! I too saw a serval there. Managed to see it coming to the waterhole for a drink during breakfast at the hotel, but only managed the worst photo ever before it had gone off again. 

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campsafari2015

I consider myself to be very lucky! I saw a caracal and an african wildcat on our first safari and a serval on the second. Unfortunately, I'm 1/3 for decent pictures :(

 

This african wildcat scavenged a dead hornbill off the grill of someone's RV at a campground in Kruger (Satara, maybe?).

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