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Taken in the Serengeti (Namiri Plains).

Masai Mara in November 2011   Had the luck to photograph a caracal an early morning, on my first safari-trip.   I´m using a Nikon D3 and Nikon 600 mm.      

Well.. it´s not a cat but it is very cat-like. Some sort of crossbreed between a cat and a mongoose. The one and only species of this kin... FOSSA I think I put a picture on it in "one pic a day"-t

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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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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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Serval

Hwange NP. May 2019

 

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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

 

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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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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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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Sebastian Kennerknecht

So inspiring going through this gallery, I can only say that again and again. Here is a Black-footed cat photo to add one more species to this gallery. Taken in Benfontein Nature Reserve in South Africa in 2018. I remotely triggered the camera from about 50 meters away when this cat emerged from its daytime den to start its hunting foray at night.

 

Technical details: Canon t6i, 10-22mm lens, four flashes. 1/200th, f/14. ISO 800.

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On 12/8/2011 at 2:29 AM, Wild Dogger said:

I don´t know, if a Large-spotted Genet counts to cats:

Not really but nice pic ;-)

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No unfortunately it does not....but it is a nice pic  ;-)

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We found this beauty in South Africa  Kgalagadi national park March 2020 close at rooiputs camp, to be more specific between kijkij and tierkop

 

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Caracal

Stunning photos @JPS - what a sighting! When was it?

 

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2 hours ago, Caracal said:

Stunning photos @JPS - what a sighting! When was it?

 

March 2020

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On 3/17/2016 at 6:19 AM, Hammer_of_the_Gods said:

Taken in the Serengeti (Namiri Plains).

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