Forest officials learned that Karakal’s photographs were still in the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
Fateh Singh Rathore, the division’s forestry officer, said she saw a caracal at the sanctuary about three decades later. Last year some foresters identified the presence of these, but found no clear evidence.
Only 24 caracals have been reported in the country since 2001, according to a report in the International Journal of Trending Taxa published in December last year. However, the report does not say how many bodies are in Rajasthan. Due to habitat loss in many states, these species face a great threat of extinction. Hence, they are protected by Annex (I) of the Indian Wildlife Act 1972.
Last February, the National Wildlife Board and the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change listed Karakal as an endangered species. This brings the number of endangered species in India to 22. The Indian Express reports that efforts are being made at the government level to bring them back.
A wildcat named Karakal
Aside from India, Karakal is a wildcat found in Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. The species is reportedly increasing in African countries while it is disappearing in Asian countries.
Karakal is characterized by long legs, a short face, and long teeth like a dog’s. Furthermore, his ears are also unique. In addition to the length, there are black hairs and spots on the tip of the ear. The name cat is derived from the Turkish word karakulak, which means black ears. In India it is also known as ‘Zia Ghosh’. It is a Persian word that means “black ear”.
Its true color is a mixture of light brown and gold. However, in some countries black and gray caracals are found. They are very rare. These creatures, which are slightly taller than cats, sometimes have the appearance of cheetahs.
Very few studies have been done on this species. According to The Indian Express, there is no reliable data on the number of factors worldwide. They are believed to be in danger because they are not found in large numbers in India. These shy people mainly go out at night. These are also very difficult to catch.
This creature has been found in India since ancient times and was found in 13 states. According to Indian estimates, the animal was found in an area of approximately 7.9 million square kilometers in the pre-independence period. But by 2000, these had been cut almost in half. Since 2001, they have only been reported in three states.
They were found in Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in dry and slightly humid places. They live in bushes and canyons. Today, their presence is limited to Rajasthan, Kutch, and parts of Madhya Pradesh.
Although many people are not familiar with the causative agent, people who are well aware of the subject say that this creature is kept at home, according to the PetKine website. In many countries, the law allows Karakal to be raised at home. But in some places it is also illegal. In the US, candy cats are often kept as pets. However, they should not be grown in certain locations in the US Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Montana, Rhode Island, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, Indiana, Missouri, Maine, and Pennsylvania they are places of reproduction of this species.
Karakal can make a good pet for people who have a good understanding of the needs and behavior of these wild cats, which are special traits. But like other cats, it is very difficult to adapt. Not only that, but they can lead to dangerous situations if you don’t train properly.