Urban Caracal Project

The Urban Caracal Project began in November 2014 to investigate how the consequences of urbanization impact caracals (Caracal caracal, aka, ‘rooikat’or ‘lynx’) in the Cape Peninsula, throughout Table Mountain National Park and other green areas in Cape Town.

Top predators, such as caracals, often function as keystone species – animals whose disappearance causes the increase in some species and the decline and extinction of others. Predatory species like caracals are therefore considered potential indicators of ecosystem health, and so more information about caracals in Table Mountain National Park and other green areas of the Peninsula will help us assess the health of the ecosystem as well as other wildlife. To assist the project we need particular research related items.

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